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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.
| November 30, 2012
This is not a prison: Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film
Incarceration inspires Jafar Panahi.
| 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.
| May 04, 2012
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
| January 27, 2012
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...
| September 15, 2011
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...
| April 14, 2011
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...
| February 07, 2011
Marwencol and Jafar Panahi star at Boston Society of Film Critics awards
From Boston to Oscar.
Critical Acclaim Dept.
| 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.
| January 14, 2011
Jafar Panahi jailed, banned from moviemaking for 20 years
| December 20, 2010
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...
| December 07, 2010
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
| 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
| 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?
| March 26, 2010
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
| January 08, 2010
"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
| October 02, 2009
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,...
| September 28, 2009
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...
| September 25, 2009
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’
| 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
| 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
| May 10, 2006
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