Sepideh - Reaching for The Stars

Berit Madsen, Denmark, 2013

90 min.DK/Documentary

Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the Universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground.
The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream. She takes up the fight and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Sepideh
Danish title Sepideh - Drømmen om stjernerne
Keywords Women, Women's conditions, Living conditions, Families, Education, Iran, 2010-2019
Director Berit Madsen
Screenplay Berit Madsen
Producer Stefan Frost, Henrik Underbjerg
Director of Photography Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Editor Peter Winther
Sound Yngve Leidulv Sætre, Hassan Shabankareh
Composer Mons Niklas Schak, Tin Soheili
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language English,Persisk
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International sales LevelK
Danish theatrical release 02.10.2013
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov, Reprise Teatret, Grand, Ishøj Bio, Park Bio, Glostrup Bio, Bio Viften (Rødovre), Empire, Bibliografen (Bagsværd) samt 32 biografer i provinsen, inkl. Færøerne og Grønland
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Radiator Film ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, DR, International Media Support, West Danish Film Fund, Vestnorsk filmsenter, Influence Film Foundation, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Swedish Film Institute, SVT, Chicken & Egg Pictures, ARTE
Domestic distribution DOXBIO


Direction Berit Madsen
Assistant director Mona Rafatzadeh


Screenplay Berit Madsen
Script consultant Michael Christoffersen
Translation Mona Rafatzadeh
Translation Pouria Nazemi
Translation Misha Zand
Translation Golnaz Hekmat
Translation Sepidé Heidaripour
Translation Fatemeh Sobhmorarah
Translation Morteza Ahmadi
Translation Farid Telefoni


Producer Stefan Frost
Producer Henrik Underbjerg
Co-producer: Iran Katayoon Shahabi
Co-producer: Germany Antje Boehmert
Co-producer: Germany Christian Popp
Co-producer: Norway Lars B. Løge
Co-producer: Sweden Jonas Kellagher
Executive producer Sally Jo Fifer
Executive producer Carsten Holst
Executive producer Steen Risom
Consultant on Iran Morteza Ahmadi
Post-producton coordinator Toke Rude Trangbæk
Production manager Shahnam Shahbaz Zadeh
Production manager Mehdi Bostan Parvar
Production manager Hussein Bagherzadeh
Production assistant Mia Kronborg
Production assistant Jane Houlind Ulsøe


Director of Photography Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Visual consultant Lars Skree
Cinematographer: Night shooting Babak Tafreshi
Cinematographer: Night shooting Oshin D. Zakarian
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Mona Rafatzadeh
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Berit Madsen


Still photographer Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Still photographer Babak Tafreshi
Still photographer Jes Blond


Editor Peter Winther
Editor: TV version Kim Søgaard
Editing supervisor Joe Bini
Editing supervisor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Editing supervisor Niels Pagh Andersen
Editing supervisor Pernille Bech Christensen
Trailer editor Kim Søgaard
Assistant editor Fanni Liv Engelbrecht
Online Tino Zidore


Composer Mons Niklas Schak
Composer Tin Soheili


Sound designer Yngve Leidulv Sætre
Sound engineer Hassan Shabankareh

Visual effects

Colourist Daði Jónsson

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Politiken-Fonden Vibeke Sperling 2013-10-10
Interview Politiken-Fonden Vibeke Sperling 2013-10-10
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2013-10-03
Anmeldelse Information Ralf Christensen 2013-10-03
Artikel Information Marianne Lentz 2013-10-03
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Jacob Wendt Jensen 2013-10-02
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2013-10-02
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2013-10-02
Varia Politiken-Fonden Politiken 2013-09-27
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