Jafar Panahi

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Jafar Panahi: This Is Not a Retrospective

After being confined to his Tehran apartment and banned from his profession in 2010, director Jafar Panahi has become known more as a victim of Iranian human-rights abuse than as a great filmmaker.
Circle games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012

This is not a prison: Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film

Incarceration inspires Jafar Panahi.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 30, 2012

Review: This Is Not A Film

It can't be a film, because the acclaimed director Jafar Panahi ( The Circle , etc.) has been ordered not to make any by the Iranian theocrats who have also sentenced the dissident filmmaker to an upcoming jail sentence.
Artistic provocation
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 04, 2012
Review - A Separation

Review: A Separation

Somehow, despite an increasingly repressive regime that has jailed many prominent filmmakers, including the world renowned auteur Jafar Panahi, Iranian cinema continues to produce some of the world's subtlest and most illuminating films about the relati
Family drama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2012
Panahi "Film" sold at TIFF

Panahi "Film" sold at TIFF

Aside from the glitz and parties and nonstop illusions, sometimes a film festival, and a film, can, in some small way, change the world. The...
By Peter Keough  |  September 15, 2011
Boston Muslim Film Festival: Panahi's "Offside;" Qurbani’s "Shahada"

Boston Muslim Film Festival: Panahi's "Offside;" Qurbani’s "Shahada"

Offering films that engage with contentious issues of faith and politics and inspired by a spirit of tolerance and compassion, the Boston Muslim Film Festival...
By Peter Keough  |  April 14, 2011

Panahi update

Panahi update

 The turmoil in Egypt dominates the news from the Middle East, overshadowing the recent oppressive measures imposed by the Iranian despots. Apparently in an attempt...
By Peter Keough  |  February 07, 2011

Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards

From Boston to Oscar.
Critical Acclaim Dept.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2011

Panahi is silenced, but the Festival of Films from Iran goes on

In an episode in Mohammad Rasoulof's weird and wonderful  The White Meadows  - one of the best entries in this year's Boston Festival of Films from Iran, at the Museum of Fine Arts - an artist is buried up to his neck in salt for painting the sea red.
Persian Gulf
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 14, 2011
Kangaroo courts: Panahi and the MPAA

Kangaroo courts: Panahi and the MPAA

 Persecuted filmmaker Jafar Panahi finally got his day in court a couple of weeks ago, whatever that might mean in the Iranian justice system, and...
By Peter Keough  |  December 07, 2010


Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010

Review: No One Knows About Persian Cats

The options for filmmakers, musicians, and other artists in Iran have dwindled to about two: arrest or exile.
Litter of the law: Bahman Ghobadi’s Persian Cats is up to scratch
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 14, 2010

Boston film group protests arrest of Iranian director

At the Montreal Film Festival last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was serving as president of the international jury.
Power of cinema?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010

Persian miniatures

You can see what is probably the most significant filmmaking right now in Iran by going to YouTube and viewing the artless images of brutality in the streets of Tehran captured by scores of average Iranian citizens armed with cell-phone cameras.
Films from Iran choose indirect confrontation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2010

Crimson green

"In the summer before the revolution [against the shah], if you asked someone if there might be a revolution, an optimistic person would say, maybe in a century."
Banned director Jafar Panahi on Iran's vicious circle
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009

Jafar Panahi interview, part two

Jafar Panahi interview, part two

Here are two kinds of political demonstrations. First, the Iranian Republican Guards Corps test-firing a ballistic missile with a range sufficient to hit Israel, Moscow,...
By Peter Keough  |  September 28, 2009
Interview with Jafar Panahi, part one

Interview with Jafar Panahi, part one

A couple of days ago, as reported in the "New York Times,"  Mahmoud Ahmadenijad proclaimed to the UN that the Iranian "people entrusted me once...
By Peter Keough  |  September 25, 2009

Persian gulf

Another “Festival of Films from Iran” opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Bush Administration still hasn’t started bombing Tehran.
Bridging it at the ‘Festival of Films from Iran’
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007


The Iranian government has banned Jafar Panahi’s latest contemplation of the oppression of women in Iran.
A game of universal humanity
By TOM MEEK  |  April 25, 2007


The final chapter in Deepa Mehta’s “elemental trilogy” has much to do with the cleansing substance of the title, the grand river Ganges and purity of spirit, yet at its core it’s a feminist anthem.
Feminist at its core
By TOM MEEK  |  May 10, 2006