Tatami

Guy Nattiv, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

While Iranian female judo fighter Leila is performing spectacularly well at the Judo World Championships, she receives an ultimatum from her government. Should she give up, or follow her dream? Nail-biting sports thriller.

Midway through the Judo World Championships, Leila and her coach Maryam receive an ultimatum from the Islamic Republic: Leila should fake an injury and lose. If she refuses, she will be branded a traitor of the state.  

With her own and her family’s freedom at stake, Leila is faced with an impossible choice. Will she comply with the Iranian regime, as her coach Maryam implores her to do? Or will she fight on and go for gold? Tatami is both a riveting story of an athlete trying to achieve gold, and a political thriller where Iranian women are subjected to persecution, intimidation and possibly kidnapping at the hands of their country’s far-reaching authoritarian regime. 

Credits

Director
Guy Nattiv, Zar Amir Ebrahimi
Producer
Mandy Tagger, Adi Ezroni
Year
2023
Country of production
Georgia, United States
Type
Fiction
Duration
105 minutes
Spoken language
English, Farsi
Subtitles
EN
Production company
Keshet Films
World Sales
West End Films
Dutch distributor
Cinéart