Germany | 2022 | 11′50“ | UHD | Short Film
Languages: German, Farsi, Syrian, Portugese, French, English
Subtitles: German & English
Color | 1.66:1| Stereo, Dolby 5.1


„In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness (…) a time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.“

Wangari Maathai, Kenyan author, professor, environmental and political activist, in December 2004 in her acceptence speech of the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement.



In a magical forest where everything seems to talk to one-another, four siblings from another time-space reality come together to summon one of their kins from the past. The ancestor beholds a message for them. A message to the Earthlings.


ZAMANI is a word with multiple uses across Asia and Africa. It is often related to time and means: „time“, „a time period“, „an epoch“, „a dimension of history“ and „an age“ . In Farsi it means a time period which can be set in the future or the past. It is an endless period, an unspecific period, it has no beginning nor end point. It floats in a non linear space.

Our film ZAMANI refers to the circularity of time. A time period which already took place and yet to come, and in which four siblings from a different world and time-space who know how to connect with their environment remind us together with their ancestor kin what link we are missing.

One of the biggest crises of our time – the climate crisis – is not missing knowledge, or information or science. All of that we know and have access to. What is missing is that we connect to our planet and all its entities and inhabitants. And that we re-learn what it means to be home on planet earth.

Film Stills © Diara Sow


Finalized beginning of January 2022.
(In distribution. If you are interested in our film contact us at or



Forest Kin | Niamh Zoé Petch Vázquez
City Kin | Sumay Ariam Leyla Almedom
Desert Kin | Noalié Rae Williams
Field Kin | Liam Yunis Khan
Ancestor | Saideh Saadat-Lendle


Ilaiya Arasan Rajanayagam
Kiara Brandorff-Senna
Caio Soares
Joey Steffens
Morgane Hay
Mouna Abo Assali
Saideh Saadat-Lendle


Production | Laura Coppens & Zara Zandieh
Production Management | Laura Coppens
Assistent Producer | Emine Demir
Script Supervisor & Script Consulting | Patricia Saad
Script & Directing | Zara Zandieh
Assistant Director | Joey Steffens
Casting | Joey Steffens & Zara Zandieh
Director of Photography | Diara Sow
1st AC | David Schwier
2nd AC | Mÿ Ewen
Costume Design | Milena Kraft
Hair & Make Up | Layana Flachs
Equipment & Props | Ceyda Yüksekol
Driver | Mathilde Manon
Editor | Zara Zandieh
Assistant Editor & Conforming | Rebecca Siegfried
Music | Azadeh Zandieh
Sound Recording, Sound Design & Re-Recording Mix | Azadeh Zandieh
Color Grading | Caio Soares
VFX & Title Design | Caio Soares
Translation Voice Over | Caio Soares, Morgane Hay, Mouna Abo Assali, Saideh Saadat-Lendle
Subtitles & Translation | subs, Zara Zandieh

Special Thanks to 25p

Realized as part of the series Berliner Korrespondenzen, a joint project of Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Gorki Forum, in cooperation with the Humboldt-University Berlin and the Federal Foreign Office.

Project managment | Nino Klingler
Coordination | Çiğdem Mater