Oldenburg Film Festival to Feature Mania Akbari Retrospective

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Mania Akbari fled to Britain during the 2011 shooting of "From Tehran to London."

The event, known as the "German Sundance," will put the spotlight on the Iranian director and artist who fled to Britain in 2011.

COLOGNE, Germany – Iranian filmmaker and artist Mania Akbari will be the focus of a retrospective of her film and video installation work at this year's Oldenburg International Film Festival, the indie film event dubbed “the German Sundance.”

Akbari first came to prominence in 2002 as the lead in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's Ten. She has gone on to direct multiple features and documentaries, including 20 Fingers, which won the best film honor at the Venice Film Festival's digital cinema section in 2004, and domestic drama From Tehran to London (2012).

Her numerous video and photo-based works have been featured at galleries and auctions around the world.

Akbari's personal life has informed her work throughout her career, whether the depiction of her battle with cancer in the documentary 10+4 (2007) or her political struggle against the Iranian government in From Tehran to London. Akbari and her crew fled Iran for Britain while shooting the film, fearing they would be arrested in Tehran's crackdown on regime-critical filmmakers.

The Oldenburg retrospective will include all of Akbari's feature films, as well as Ten, and the 2003 documentary Crystal, which she co-directed with Mahmood Ayden.

Akbari will also attend the Oldenburg festival, which runs Sept. 11-15.