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On March 1, 2010, Iranian filmmaker [[Performer~P199517~Jafar Panahi~jafarpanahi]] was arrested on charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic" (his crime was speaking out on behalf of activists protesting the dubious re-election of president [[Performer~P636355~Mahmoud Ahmadinejad~mahmoudahmadinejad]]), and he was sentenced to six years behind bars and banned from making films for twenty years. While [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]]'s prison sentence was suspended after a few months in jail, Iranian officials have still forbidden him from directing movies, writing screenplays, giving interviews or leaving the country. In response, fellow filmmaker [[Performer~P308609~Mojtaba Mirtahmasb~mojtabamirtahmasb]] teamed up with [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]] to create In Film Nist (aka This Is Not a Film), in which [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]] ponders the past and current state of his career as well as the screenplay he was planning to shoot shortly before his sentence was handed down. As [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]] stages a reading of the script in his home (with [[Performer~P308609~Mirtahmasb~mojtabamirtahmasb]] capturing the action on video as other friends and family members occasionally function as "director" via messages and phone calls), [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]] demonstrates the blocking and camera angles he had in mind using taped diagrams on his living-room floor, and the two filmmakers explore the nebulous line between making a film and talking about how one would make a film in front of a camera. [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]] and [[Performer~P308609~Mirtahmasb~mojtabamirtahmasb]] were able to smuggle a copy of This Is Not a Film out of Iran in defiance of the government's ban on [[Performer~P199517~Panahi~jafarpanahi]]'s work, and the picture was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 29, 2012


Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi
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