Between Revolutions

Zahra and Maria meet at university in Bucharest in the 1970’s. When the hope of political change draws Zahra home to Iran they are forced apart. For the next decade their only way to communicate is through letters. Divided by two revolutions, their words describe women struggling to be heard, countries moving in different directions, and two souls united in their longing for each other.

Director: Vlad Petri / Producer: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan / Text: Lavinia Braniște
World Premiere: Berlinale Forum 2023 (FIPRESCI Award)


Winner of the FIPRESCI Award – Berlin Film Festival – Forum 2023

Jury’s Special Mention – ZagrebDox Regional Competition, Croatia, 2023

Best Feature in Romanian Days Competition – Transilvania Film Festival (TIFF),  Romania, 2023

FIPRESCI Award – Transilvania Film Festival (TIFF), Romania, 2023

Best Film – International Competition – Make Dox, North Macedonia, 2023

Best Film in Documentary Competition – Râșnov Histories and Film Festival, Romania, 2023

Grand Prix – Mediteran Film Festival – Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2023

Special Mention – Lima Alterna International Film Festival, Peru, 2023

Best Feature in “Time of History” Competition  – SEMINCI Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain, 2023

Special Mention  – Porec Dox, Croatia, 2023

Special Jury Prize – Bastau Film Festival, Kazakhstan, 2023

Yilmaz Guney Award for Best Feature Film – Duhok Film Festival, Irak, 2023

Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa Award Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2024



Thessaloniki IFF (Greece), CPH DOX (Denmark), One World Romania, DocAviv (Israel), Sheffield Doc (UK), Krakow IFF (Poland), Sydney IFF (Australia), Sinema Transtopia (Berlin), Jerusalem Cinemateque (Israel), Moldox (Moldova), Ceau Cinema (Romania), Sarajevo IFF (Bosnia), MakeDox (North Macedonia), Baltic Sea for Documentaries (Latvia), DMZ IDFF (Korea), Vilnius Documentary FF (Lithuania), IceDocs (Iceland), Liburnia FF (Croatia), Kerala IFF (India), Frame Out (Austria), World Cinema Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Camden IFF (U.S.A.), Anonimul IFF (Romania), Sofia Documental (Bulgaria), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada), Seminci Valladolid (Spain), Vancouver IFF (Canada), Mirage Film Festival (Norway), Astra Film Festival (Romania), Encuentros del Otre Cine (Ecuador), Inconvenient Films DFF (Lithuania), CinEast Film Festival – Central and Eastern (Luxembourg), Cinema Queer IFF (Sweden), Mediteran Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina), CinEast Film Festival (Luxembourg), Lima Alterna IFF (Peru), CineLibri Film Festival (Bulgaria), Inconvenient Films DFF (Lithuania), Man in Danger Film Festival Lodz (Poland), CineMed Montpellier (France), Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest (Romania), Queerstreifen Munter (Germany), FreeZone Film Festival (Serbia), One World Slovakia, Romanian Film Festival Seattle (USA), PorecDox (Croatia), Cottbus IFF (Germany), Barbican Center (UK), Ankara Film Festival (Turkey), Romanian Film Festival Munich (Germany), Pink Screens Bruxelles (Belgium), Romanian Film Festival Arizona (USA), L’Alternativa Barcelona (Spain), Kasseler Dok Fest (Germany), Rokumentti Film Festival Joensuu (Finland), Porto Post Doc (Portugal), Marrakech Film Festival (Morocco), Tbilisi IFF (Georgia), Romanian Film Festival (London), Turkey Human Rights Festival – Istanbul, Duhok IFF (Iraq), Bastau Film Festival (Kazakhstan), Doca Film Club (Georgia), EICTV San Antonio de los Banos (Cuba), Fipa Doc (France), Trieste IFF (Italy), Forum des Images (France), Doc Point Helsinki (Finland), Braga Post Doc (Portugal), CineCite Carcassone (France)