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Calendar, Night&Day Work of Art, Act of Defiance

Work of Art, Act of Defiance

In 2010, internationally celebrated Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was arrested at his home and sentenced to six years in prison for “ in a gathering and carrying out propaganda against the system.” The sentence included a 20-year ban on directing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tehran Calling

Tehran Calling

Iranian filmmakers need to be adept at metaphor. But even that is no guarantee of career longevity, or freedom, as evidenced by the recent prison terms of internationally celebrated directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. The fourth annual Iranian Film…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Director Offside

A Director Offside

Six years in prison, and 20 years before he can film or even write again. That’s the sentence meted out earlier this year to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. A weeklong festival, Iran Beyond Censorship, honors his work and that of…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>The Song of Sparrows</i>

The Song of Sparrows

The direct appeals of his melodramatic groundswells have long made Oscar-nominated Iranian director Majid Majidi a dismissed old-school counterpart to Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi. His latest film observes ostrich-wrangling father Karim (Reza Naji) struggling to remain the man of…
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Film, Pitch-perfect child performances root <i>Treeless Mountain</i>

Pitch-perfect child performances root Treeless Mountain

Any movie featuring children under 10 is a movie wherein documentary bids to trump fiction and behavior can eclipse acting. The 1934 New Deal flag-waver Stand Up and Cheer! will remain ever fresh for featuring 5-year-old Shirley Temple's precocious (and…
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Film, Dough Boy's Malaise

Dough Boy's Malaise

Perhaps you've heard of Taxi Driver. Well, meet Scooter Dude. In Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh), an Iranian portrait of urban ennui, detachment, and (briefly) explosive violence, the anti-hero rides on two wheels -- delivering pizzas, to be precise. The streets…
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Film, The More Things Change

The More Things Change

Chalk up another one for George Dubya. A few weeks ago the U.S. Immigration Department refused to allow acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, director of both the Oscar-nominated The White Balloon and the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion-winner The Circle,…
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