German Premiere: Nasrin

„Nasrin will make you angry at injustice, and give you hope. It is a must-seen film“
Gloria Steinem

On occasion of the Right Livelihood Award for Nasrin Sotoudeh, we present together with the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival the German premiere of the highly praised documentary NASRIN by Jeff Kaufmann about the Iranian human rights lawyer and women rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Filmed in Iran by women and men, who risked to be arrested for this film, the film not only portrays one courageous woman, but the Iranian women’s rights movement itself. It looks behind the pure facts that made the news – and provides first-hand insights into the life of a woman risking everything for her cause.


Interview mit Regisseur Jeff Kaufman

We talked to director Jeff Kaufman to learn more about his reasons for the films and his hopes for the future. 

Discussion NASRIN

On occasion of the German Premiere of "NASRIN" we talked to the Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar and lawyer Anna Gilsbach. The talk was moderated by Andrea Kuhn (NIHRFF) .

Human Rights Lawyering on the Frontline

On the occasion of the German Premiere of "Nasrin" we talked to Dr. Marcus Mollnau (Präsident der Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin) Prof. Basak Cali (Center for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School) und RA Stefan von Raumer (Vorsitzender des Menschenrechtsausschusses des DAV). Moderated by Anna Ramskogler-Witt (HRFFB).

Iran and Womenrights

We talked to the German politician Gollaleh Ahmadi (leader of the Bündnis'90/Die Grünen group in BVV-Spandau) about women's rights in Iran and what international solidarity means.


We can all support the #freenasrin campaign by posting a photo of us with a #freenasrin sign online and sending it to - and thus become part of the worldwide campaign for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh.

NASRIN trailer

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Nasrin Sotoudeh


As a lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh fights for the rights of women, children, members of the LGBTQ+-Community, artists, journalists and those recieving the death penalty in her country. In 2018 Nasrin was arrested for propaganda against the state and her human rights work, especially for her legal assistance to women who had violated the obligation to wear a hijab. 38 years of prison and 148 lashes – the harsh and injust sentence shocked the world and once again revealed the authoritarian nature of the  Iranian political system.

After being jailed Nasrin has constantly been fighting for fair and better conditions in prison. In order to ensure a safer environment during the Coronavirus pandemic, she went on a 50-day hunger strike, that put her life at risk.

Only a few days ago her husband, the activist Resa Chandan, confirmed that Nasrin is on parole for the time being. However, the fight for her freedom is far from over, as a minimum imprisonment term of 12 years must be served.



The International Nuremberg Film Festival of Human Rights (NIHRFF) is Germany's oldest human rights film festival. Every two years since 1999 it has presented the most artistically exciting political films from all over the world, creating an open, inclusive and safe place for political and artistic discussion, exchange and togetherness beyond geopolitical, social and other borders.

8. MARCH 2021