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.
Who’s afraid of Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof?:
from The Nation: