After the revolution of 1979, the gap widened between Iranians in Iran and Iranians abroad. Many people left the country. The next generations born after the revolution in Iran knew nothing about their past or they were completely apathetic about it. A large part of Iranian history was destroyed or burnt in chaos and revolution and what was left for the new generations was an invented history. It is still difficult to discern the lies from the truth. Many Iranians hid their true identities out of fear. Ballet dancers were among these. Stories and histories were left untold, and the old and new generations remained total strangers. This gap grew over the past 40 years.

The Tale of Scheherazade is a ballet, portraying a nation and performed and choreographed in two different eras by two completely separate generations of Iranian dancers and inspired by the famous story of Scheherazade in the 1001 Nights. As the film progresses, both groups become Scheherazade the story-teller and tell their own stories for the first time.


Director and Writer Sarvnaz Alambeigi Producers Sarvnaz Alambeigi – Louise Rosen – Thomas Riedelsheimer– Stefan Tolz

Editor Hamid Najafirad Director of Photography Mahdi Azadi Sound Design Ensieh Maleki Sound Mixing Tomas Bastian

Composer Masoud Sekhavatdoust Dramaturgy Consultant Thomas Riedelsheimer Sound Recording Shahin Pourdadashi –

Meysam Hasanlou – William Morris – Jarra Schirris Color Grading Dirk Meier, Farbkult Poster Design Behzad Hatam

Production Still Homeira Yaseri – Joubeen Mireskandari Line Producer Alyssa Koske

Production Filmpunkt GmbH and Rabison Art Production in collaboration with Louise Rosen Ltd.

in co-production with SWR and AVROTROS in association with ARTE supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and

International Media Support developed at Documentary Campus, Masterschool 2018



Sarvnaz Alambeigi
Sarvnaz Alambeigi is an Iranian documentary filmmaker and painter.
Her current film, the feature length documentary 1001 Nights Apart, is supported by international grants and finance, including from IMS/International Media Support in Denmark, Film-und Medienstiftung NRW in Germany, and the television networks ARTE/France & Germany, SWR/Germany, SVT/Sweden, and AVROTROS/The Netherlands.
Sarvnaz is an alumnus of the prestigious film programs Documentary Campus Masterschool and the Iran-Danish Exchange Program- Training of Film Trainers in Denmark at the Danish Film School.
She established her own film production company, Rabison Art, in 2013 and has produced four documentary films that have been screened at film festivals and museums around the world. She is a member of Film Fatales and EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network.
Sarvnaz has a passion for philosophy, art and social issues. Her aim is to discover the mysterious complexities of humanity through different techniques and materials.

Louise Rosen
Producer and sales agent Louise Rosen serves as an editorial and business consultant, international distributor, producer, and sales agent. Her projects have included Oscar, Emmy, FIPRESCI, Teddy, Sundance, and other award-winning films. She is a credited producer on many productions including Killing for Love, released in the US by IFC/Sundance Selects, Eva Hesse, Prodigal Sons, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, and The Endurance (IMAX, theatrical feature, and NOVA television versions).

Thomas Riedelsheimer
Producer and dramaturgy advisor Thomas Riedelsheimer is a director, producer, cinematographer and photographer. The success of his film Rivers and Tides on land artist Andy Goldsworthy, launched his international reputation. Among his many directed films are Breathing Earth, Soul Birds, and Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey With Evelyn Glennie. Most recently, he directed the latest film on Andy Goldsworthy, Leaning Into the Wind, released in the US by Magnolia, streaming now on Hulu. His awards include the Adolf Grimme Prize, Golden Dove/DOK Leipzig, Prix Semaine de la Critique Locarno, BAFTA, Jury Award/FIFA, Grand Jury Prize/ San Francisco. He is on the faculty at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and co-founder of the German production company Filmpunkt.

Stefan Tolz
Producer Stefan Tolz is a director/ producer of more than 30 documentaries for cinema & television, many receiving major international awards. He is known for his sensitive approach to controversial issues and human drama. For 15 years Stefan has also taught at international film schools and tutored many projects of emerging filmmakers. He is program director of the ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity and co-founder of the German production company Filmpunkt.





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