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This Is Not a Film (In film nist)


Iran. Dir. Jafar Panahi. 2011, 75 mins. Digital projection. The backstory is well-known by now: renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi received a six-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban from filmmaking and interviews because of his support of the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 election. To get around this, yet still reach the outside world, Panahi secretly shot this experimental documentary on an iPhone and a modest DV camera and had it smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes. As Panahi shares his day-to-day life, plans future films, and waits for a decision on his appeal, the film unspools into a deeply sorrowful call for a return of his freedom.

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