Iran continues to lash out at film industry
Sunday, October 16, 2011
An Iranian court in yesterday confirmed film director 's sentence to six years in jail, and a twenty-year ban on filmmaking. Charges against the award-winning director were summarised by state media as, "[...] acting against national security and propaganda against the regime".
In September, before the original sentence was handed down, Panahi lamented, "[w]hen a film-maker does not make films it is as if he is jailed. Even when he is freed from the small jail, he finds himself wandering in a larger jail". With the ban now in-place, the filmmaker's This is not a Film, which premièred at, may be his last work for two decades. The handheld-shot documentary covers Panahi' struggle with censorship whilst being prosecuted.
Panahi's is the second high-profile case this week; actress Australian-produced film My Tehran For Sale, directed by Iranian-Australian . The film is about a young Tehrani actress whose work is banned by the government.was sentenced to 90 lashes and one year in jail for starring in the controversial
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Iranian commentators heavily criticised the film, which is being distributed illegally in Iran, and in July Vafamehr was arrested. Producers Julie Ryan and Kate Croser state they "did not set out to produce a political film." Stressing, "[w]e definitely didn't set out to make a film that criticised the government". The role played by Vafemehr shows her with a shaved head, and without a hijab.
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's office issued a statement condemning Vafemehr's sentence.
- Agence France Presse. "Iran upholds sentence against filmmaker Panahi" — , October 16, 2011
- AAP. "Rudd condemns Iran sentence" — , October 12, 2011
- Robyn Powell. "Anger over harsh punishment for Iranian actor" — , October 11, 2011
- Wendy Frew. "Actress to be lashed over Australian film" — , October 11, 2011
- Heather Horn. "Silenced at Home, Iranian Filmmaker Finds Eager Audience in France" — , October 3, 2011