Archive for February, 2011

Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof are in Prison in Iran

February 4, 2011

Jafar Panahi

I recently heard that two major film directors are in jail in Iran.  Jafar Panahi is the more famous of the two.  I’ve seen 5 or 6 of his films including Offside, The White Balloon and Crimson Gold.

Mohammad Rasoulof is less known, but I’ve seen his film Iron Island, which I really liked a lot.

They’re sentenced to five years in prison and (after release) a 20 year ban on film making and any foreign travel.

Are there still nations frightened of art?  This is a most extreme punishment, for being “humanist” and for being creative.

We’ll see if any outcry, protests, petitions and so on can have any effect on it or not.  I hope so.

http://cinemaminima.com/blog/1790/iran-sentences-two-directors-one-famous-the-other-not/

A petition:

http://www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/liberty-for-jafar-panahi-and-mohammad-rasoulof-p91.html

Who’s afraid of Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof?:

http://cinemawithoutborders.com/notebook/2412-who%E2%80%99s-afraid-of-jafar-panahi-and-mohammad-rasoulof%3F.html

from The Nation:

http://www.thenation.com/article/157507/year-movies

Mohammad Rasoulof