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Amina Maher, b. 1992, 
Based in Berlin, Germany

Amina Maher is a trans woman queer filmmaker who was born in 1992 in Tehran, Iran. The daughter of a war veteran, she started writing poems and short stories at a very early age. Her filmmaking deals with themes of social taboos and non-normative narratives in relation to violence and power structure.


She began her cinematic activity as the main protagonist in the film "Ten”, nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes 2002 which recorded ten-year-old Amina sitting in the passenger seat of her mother’s car without her consent. Amina left her family at the age of fifteen and began to live on her own. In 2007, she started her filmmaking practices by filming her friends both at school and later at university. 

She began her study at Tehran University in 2010. Two months later she was arrested due to her political activities and for attending the Student Day demonstration against the dictatorship. She spent a week in the notorious Evin prison. Maher subsequently left Iran to Dubai and then to Malaysia. In 2016, she received her bachelor's degree in Filmmaking from Limkokwing University in Malaysia. Her first short film was Sweet Gin and Cold Wine, followed by Orange and One Window Will Suffice.

Her multi-awarded short film, Letter to my mother, received worldwide attention with +180 festival selections and +50 awards. Among numerous reviews, the film was described as a means for survival, a way to stand up and to understand – a fearless and strong examination that touches upon the centre of the pain and dares to look precisely. َThe film is about her own experiences of childhood chart sexual rape. 

Due to directing controversial films, she fled to Germany in 2018. After moving to Berlin in 2019, she started her MA study in Film Directing at Babelsberg University Konrad Wolf.   

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Amina Maher (b. Tehran, 1992) is a queer filmmaker whose works deal with themes of social taboos and non-normative narratives in relation to violence and power structure. She directed, produced, and distributed multi-awarded short films such as Letter to My mother. Her first feature film has been part of FID Lab Marseille Forum and Dok Fest München Forum in 2022. She studies her MA in directing at Babelsberg Film University.