Iran Update

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 17, 2011 11:21 AM
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Mohammad Rasoulof Supporting Green OppositionThe verdict on Jafar Panahi and Mahammad Rasoulof was confirmed this Saturday by the Appeal Court of Iran : 6 years of jail and 20 years ban on any possibilities of filmmaking, writing, etc. and a 1 year jail term for Rasoulof. Iranian media report that the two filmmakers, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, have been convicted of "activity against national security and propaganda activities against the regime". Panahi has also been banned from filmmaking, scriptwriting and media activities for 20 years. Panahi is only allowed to travel abroad for Haj [pilgrimage] purposes or emergency medical reasons, and only after posting bail.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Lineup

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 9, 2011 5:03 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Celebrating its 5th year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 13 - 22) will screen more than 200 feature and short films by established and emerging filmmakers representing 43 countries. Established to help create a vibrant film culture throughout the region, the Festival opens October 13 with the critically acclaimed Monsieur Lazhar (U.S.: Music Box, ISA Films Distribution), a Canadian film which premiered at TIFF, about an Algerian teacher, directed by Philippe Falardeau.

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