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Jafar Panahi

Berlin Film Festival: The World in Upheaval

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

One way for us to travel and experience what our fellow human beings are going through, is through cinema. And the Berlinale film highlights these kinds of films better than the Oscars or Golden Globes.

Berlinale Jury Member Aamir Khan Talks World Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Up-close and personal, filmmaker Aamir Khan is everything he appears to be in his films and more. He is known as a complete perfectionist. But most of all he is a Superstar, one with a capital "S."

On The Imprisonment of Iranian Filmmakers: A Moral Option For Iran and Any Government Presuming to Silence Its Artists

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's Facets.org to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...

Famed Iranian Filmmaker Jailed, BANNED From Scriptwriting

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced two prominent opposition filmmakers to six years in jail each on vague charges of working against the ruling s...

We Must Defend the Rights of Artists Everywhere: Jafar Panahi's Defense

Ted Hope | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ted Hope

Last week Iranian Filmamaker Jafar Panahi had his trial in Teheran. He has not been allowed to make a film in five years. This post is Jafar Panahi'...

Jafar Panahi: I am Iranian and I will remain in Iran

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi was jailed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, this past March. Iran never revealed why Mr Panahi was detained,...

POLITICAL ART: The People Will Not be Silenced

Spread ArtCulture | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Spread ArtCulture

"© Anita Kunz From "Where is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran." By Kiša Lala American artists may have the luxury of distancin...

Films of Rare and Exquisite Beauty

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the great blessings of cinema is that it transports us to worlds we might never be able to reach on our own.

Iran Cranks Up Its Crackdown on Culture

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The attack on culture in Iran has been steadily growing since last year. Before his jailing, film director Jafar Panahi had given extensive interviews about how he avoided the Culture Ministry.

The High Price of Independent, Dissident Filmmaking in Iran

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

After weeks of silence, the Iranian government has said it detained internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi for making an anti-government film inside his house. His family completely denies the accusation.

Jafar Panahi, Iranian Filmmaker, Released From Prison Following Hunger Strike, Reports Say

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran released an internationally renowned filmmaker and opposition supporter on bail Tuesday after more than two months in custod...

One Iranian Prisoner Released -- But Many Thousands to Go

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The release of film director Jafar Panahi on bail is a wonderful day for those who prayed for his release. But no one can forget the many thousands of other political prisoners in Iranian jails.

Jafar Panahi, Iranian Filmmaker Who Backed Opposition Detained

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — An internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker who backed the country's opposition has been detained, the Tehran prosecutor said ...

In Honor of The Annapolis, Md. Middle East Peace Talks: A Short Viewing/Reading List

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paige Donner

The Sirens of Baghdad I read in one sitting. I could not put this book down. It is not harsh in a way that watching images of war on CNN are harsh. But it is painful in a way that impels you to ask, But wait! Aren't we all human?