Jafar Panahi, filmmaker imprisoned but not gagged


The arrest of Jafar Panahi (here, in No Bear) is the mark of an Iranian political power at bay. ARP Selection

PORTRAIT – While the Iranian director has been behind bars since July 11, his latest film, No bears, comes out in theaters. In this story shot before the revolt in his country, he stages exile. A step he does not want to take, unlike his son, Panah, who has just moved to France.

Jafar Panahi was unable to come and receive the special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival last September for No bears. A reward awarded a few days before the death, on September 16, of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young woman arrested by the morality police in Tehran for a lock of hair that was too showy.

The starting point of an unprecedented uprising in Iran since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979. More than two months later, the mobilization does not weaken, despite the repression of the regime – 250 dead.

“Propaganda against the regime”

Jafar Panahi, Golden Bear in Berlin in 2015 with Taxi Tehran, look at this revolution through bars. The Iranian filmmaker has been in prison since July 11. It was by going to demonstrate against the incarceration of his friend Mohammad Rasoulof (golden bear in Berlin with the devil does not exist) and documentary filmmaker Mostafa Aleahmad that he was arrested. In 2010, he was sentenced to six years in prison for “propaganda against the regime”. Sentence hangs over his head like…

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