by Sudabeh Mortezai
A 2006, 86 min.

Director: Sudabeh Mortrezai
Assistant to Director: Sepideh Abtahy
Cinematography: Vahid Firooz, Rozette Ghadery
Sound: Nezam Kiaie
Editing: Oliver Neumann
Sound Editing: Johannes Wallner
Sound Mixing: Peter Janda
Farbkorrektur: Kurt Hennrich
Line Producer: Mehdi Sajadi
Production Manager: Carmen Weingartshofer

With kind support: BMUKK, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen

Download Zip Folder ( Press Book / Poster / Film Stills)
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2007 – First Appearance Competition
Dok.fest Munich 2008
FIPA Biarritz 2008
Verzio 2008


Children of the Prophet follows 4 groups of protagonists in Tehran during the Shiite mourning rituals of Moharram, commemorating the death of Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. The film goes to the heart of the rituals through the perspective of the protagonists, their beliefs and the various roles the ceremonies play in the lives of different people. We follow them closely in their everyday lives and how they prepare for the festival and experience each part of the ritual through their personal approach and viewpoint.


Born 1968 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Sudabeh grew up in Tehran and Vienna. She received her MA in theater and film studies from the University of Vienna in 1994.
She worked as a programmer for film festivals and organized a number of film events as the manager and curator of Filmcasino, an independent arthouse theater in Vienna.
After completing UCLA’s certificate program in Film, TV, and Digital Entertainment Media in 2003, Sudabeh worked as an assistant director and production manager and directed and produced several short films before making her feature-length documentary “Children of the Prophet”.
2007 co-founder of FreibeuterFilm.
2014 – Macondo – Feature Film

2009 – In the Bazar of the Sexes – Documentary

2006 – Children of the Prophet – Documentary


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