A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to get away from her abusive husband, yet the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words to the police, thus corrupting the truth of her terrible situation.

13 min

DIRECTED BY: Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni
PRODUCED BY: Valeria Richter & Helene Granqvist
WRITTEN BY: Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni
EDITOR: Rikke Selin Lorentzen
SOUND DESIGNER:  Thomas Jaeger
MAIN CAST: Zeinab Rahal, Amira Helene Larsen, Alexandre Willaume, Nanna Bottcher, Yusuf Kamal El-Ali

Trailer of the film:

LISTEN – TRAILER from ICCL Human Rights Film Awards on Vimeo.


About Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni


Finnish-Iranian director/scriptwriter, Hamy Ramezan studied Film in England, graduating in 2007. His short OVER THE FENCE (2009) was a world-wide festival hit, earning many awards. KEYS OF HEAVEN, among others, won four prizes at the Tampere FF 2014.
. Hamy Ramezan IMDB


Rungano Nyoni’s films have screened at more than 200 film festivals world-wide. Her most recent short, MWANSA THE GREAT, was nominated for an African Academy Award and a BAFTA 2012. With her partner, she wrote and he directed THE MASS OF MEN which
premiered at Locarno FF, garnered more than 60 prizes and was shown at 100 film festivals.
Rungano Nyoni IMDB

Q&A with the director

Q: How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?
A: It was super condensed: three months writing, one month pre-production and one shooting and post.The producers secured finances from The Danish Film Institute and The Finnish Foundation. We’re not sure how difficult it was but know that they had to fulfil requirements from both sides, so it wasn’t totally easy.

Q:  Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?
A: Europe has a distinctive approach to cinema that makes it unique. We are very lucky that it’s possible to get financing for commercial as well as for lesscommercial films so you see a whole variety of films and genres – which is beautiful. The European cinema community is the reason we’re getting to make films right now. It’s like a massive crowd sourcing for talent and finance and the easier we make that possible, the better our films become.

Q: If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
A: THE PIANO TEACHER by Michael Haneke, HYENAS by Djibril Diop Mambety, FESTEN by Thomas Vinterberg, DEVDAS by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, THE LOBSTER by Yorgos Lanthimos, UNITED 93 by Paul Greengrass, THERE WILL BE BLOOD by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Q: What is your next project?
A: Hamy: I am working on my debut feature film CITIZEN B which is at the development stage.
Rungano: I am working on my debut feature film, I AM NOT A WITCH. It’s had development funding from BFI, Hubert Bals, VSE and ARTE. It’s a fiction about a young girl who is exiled to a Witch Camp.


Hong Kong International FF, Grand Firebird Award
Tribeca FF, New York, USA, Best Narrative Short Award
REGARD sur le court métrage/Int. Short FF, Canada, International Grand Prize
Alicante FF, Spain, Best European Short film Award
ICCL Human Rights Film Award, Ireland

On the web

. Listen (2014) – IMDb
. European Film Adwards
. Listen wins Irish Council for Civil Liberties film award

Film contacts:

Jean Charles Mille
6, rue Desargues
75011 Paris
tel: 0033142770639



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