Sudabeh Mortezai

She is an Austrian–Iranian filmmaker and producer. She is best known as the director of critically acclaimed films MACONDO and JOY which won several international awards at film festivals. JOY (2018) won a prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Grand Prize at Les Arcs European Film Festival.


A film by Sudabeh Mortezai

2018 - Austria - Drama

Joy is a young Nigerian woman caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She works the streets to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame, while supporting her family in Nigeria and hoping for a better life for her little daughter in Vienna. Joy struggles to understand her role in this merciless system of exploitation when she is instructed by Madame to supervise Precious, a teenage girl fresh from Nigeria who is not ready to accept her fate.


A film by Sudabeh Mortezai

2014 - Austria - Drama

Ramasan, an 11-year-old boy from Chechnya, grows up in Macondo, a refugee settlement on the outskirts of Vienna. Living alone with his mother and two little sisters, Ramasan takes over the role of the father assuming the responsibility for his small family.