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The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.09.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.

The Best Movies About Movies

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 01.21.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Filmmakers love to make movies about making movies. Yes, it is a navel-gazing business, but crafting films about this craft is one...

Lucas Kavner

Syrian Filmmaker Disappears

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.05.2012 | Arts

To get his latest film into the hands of Cannes Film Festival organizers in time for its 2011 screening, the acclaimed Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi had...

Film Smuggled Into Cannes Via Cake Screens In Miami

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 05.21.2012 | Miami

Screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque is the controversial "This Is Not A Film," which was made illegally by imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Pa...

Cinema As Diplomacy, Pt. 1: Oscar/Globe-Winner Asghar Farhadi Screening Series In NYC!

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

At the New York Film Festival, three instant classics of engagé cinema -- one from Egypt and two from Iran (including BFF Oscar-winner A Separation) -- quite stunningly took on the weight of history.

'This Is Not A Film' Is A Powerful, Clever Expression Of Freedom

AP | By CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 02.28.2012 | Home

-- Everything about "This Is Not a Film" is cleverly deceptive, from the title that's so self-deprecating, it sounds like a shrug to its long, first ...

Film Originally Smuggled To Cannes In A Cake Gets U.S. Rights

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

"This Is Not a Film" will be making its way to the U.S. and U.K., despite the fact that it was never supposed to exist, much less leave Iran. Confused...