CINEMA SOLIDARNOSC: Looking Back at The Film's Community's Support For Jafar Panahi


CINEMA SOLIDARNOSC: Looking Back at The Film's Community's Support For Jafar Panahi
by Darius Kadivar

Last Summer Jafar Panahi became the Political Symbol of Cannes Film Festival 63rd edition in absentia following his arrest. Here are highlights ranging from Juliet Binoche's tears to Abbas Kiarostami's press conference. Since Jafar Panahi has been condemned to 6 years of Prison and he has also been banned from making films, writing any kind of scripts, travelling abroad and talking to local and foreign media for 20 years. Another Iranian film-maker, Mohammad Rasulov, also received a six-year sentence on similar charges.  (See Related BBC News Here )
Jafar Panahi President of Montreal World Film Festival Jury, red carpet, closing ceremony in 2009

  Cannes Palais des Fetivals-French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand, Journalist Armin Arefi and Pouya Arts Director Abbas Bakhtiari Read out Jafar Panahi's Letter of appreciation in his Support. (See Related News in

The Empty seat of Jafar Panahi named Jury in absentia at Cannes Film Festival - ( Notice:Marjane Satrapi in Audience):

Press Conference with Abbas Kiarostami and Juliet Binoche on Jafar Panahi's Predicament:

Tears of Juliette Binoche during the Press Conference on Panahi's Arrest:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf speaks about Panahi and Juliette Binoche Reads out Jafar Panahi's 

Open Letter in Front of Cannes Palais des Festivals:

Juliette Binoche Dedicates her Best Actress Award at Cannes for Kiarostami's Certified Copy to Jafar Panahi:

Solidarity for Jafar Panahi from italian filmaker Giuliano Montaldo and from italian Govern against the detention of iranian filmaker - march 2010:

State versus Filmmakers - Iran:
This fascinating piece profiles Iran's dissident filmmakers whose work proves that "censorship is the mother of all metaphors". Cinema here uses symbols to explore the darker side of society. "The Circle" tackles forbidden subjects like prostitution in defiance of Iran's hardline clerics. The film has sold to 37 countries, but has never been seen in Iran. Its director Jafar Panahi refuses to make the cuts demanded by the censors. The clerics have threatened to burn the film if they ever see a copy. Panahi says "They are afraid that if awareness increases or a new idea is expressed, they may lose their power". Tahmineh Milani has run into far more trouble with the authorities. She could face the death sentence for crimes she's accused of due to her film "The Hidden Half". It's a love story set in the brutal period following the Revolution. Her husband says the charges are a fabrication to silence filmmakers. Bahman Farmanara says cinema in Hollywood, where there is "censorship by financing" can be just as restrictive. And Iranian filmmakers have the power to shape society.

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