Iranian Cinema Under Siege
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has released a short video highlighting the plight of Iranian cinema. The video, "Iranian Cinema Under Siege" features Richard Peña, the director of the New York Film Festival, and Hamid Dabashi, professor at Columbia University, who discuss the extent of the government's repression of Iranian filmmakers. Footage of prominent Iranian filmmakers Bahman Farmanara and Jafar Panahi, who in January 2011 was sentenced to 6 years in jail and banned from shooting movies or writing scripts for 20 years, details the ongoing effect of this repression.
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