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«Prisoners of Fate» follows refugees from Afghanistan and Iran in their daily lives in Switzerland. After the hardships of fleeing their home countries, the protagonists face the challenge of having to adapt to their new environment. Mahmad, a deserter, Sanam, separated from her young son, Ezat, worrying about his mother left behind, and the adolescent Omid, struggling with overwhelming homesickness, all feel powerlessness in the face of their destiny. Their everyday life continues to be shaped by their traumatic experiences, but friendship, solidarity, and humor help them to never entirely lose hope.
Mehdi Sahebi was born in Iran and came to Switzerland at the age of twenty. He studied ethnology with a focus on visual anthropology, history and international law at the University of Zurich and received his PhD with his award-winning documentary film "Time of Closure" (2006). The film won the SRG SSR prize at the 2006 Locarno Int. Film Festival (Semaine de la Critique) and the jury and audience awards at the Entrevue Film Festival Belfort. In 2016, his latest feature documentary MIRR premiered at the Duisburger Filmwoche, where it won the support grant of the city of Duisburg as well as numerous other awards at international film festivals. Sahebi works as a director, cinematographer, editor and lecturer in documentary film.
Directed by: MEHDI SAHEBI
Written by: MEHDI SAHEBI, AYA DOMENIG
Produced by: AYA DOMENIG
Production consulting: FRANK MATTER
Cinematography and Editing: MEHDI SAHEBI
Dramaturgy: AYA DOMENIG
Additional Editing and story consulting: TANIA STÖCKLIN
Sound Design: JULIAN FUCHS
Foleys: LENA SCHMIDT
Re-recording Mixer: DANIEL HOBI
Sound Studio: ATELIER FÜR TON UND MUSIK
Colorist: PETER GUYER
Post Production Studio: DOC&POST
Assistant Editing: MIRELLA NÜESCH
Translations: MEHDI SAHEBI, KIMIYA DOMENIG
Subtitles: BABELFISCH TRANSLATIONS, HEATHER KIMBER
Title Design: NORM
Production: SORA FILM
Coproduction: SRF, 3sat
Distributor Switzerland: CINEWORX
BUNDESAMT FÜR KULTUR (BAK) / SUISSIMAGE / ERNST GÖHNER STIFTUNG / UBS KULTURSTIFTUNG / JUBILÄUMSSTIFTUNG DER MOBILIAR GENOSSENSCHAFT / VEREIN SPONTANKONZERTE / FONDIA-STIFTUNG / INTERFILM SCHWEIZ: PROJEKTFONDS CÉLESTINE / REFORMIERTE KIRCHE KANTON ZÜRICH / REFORMIERTE KIRCHEN BERN-JURA-SOLOTHURN / SUCCÈS PASSAGE ANTENNE