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Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi was born on July 11, 1960 in Mianeh, Iran. He is a director and editor, known for This Is Not a Film (2011), The Circle (2000) and Taxi Tehran (2015). He is married to Tahereh Saeedi. See full bio »

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This Is Not a Film
The Circle
The Circle Director
Offside Director
Taxi Tehran
Taxi Tehran Director


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 2015/III Taxi Tehran
 2011 This Is Not a Film (Documentary)
 2010 The Accordion (Short)
 2007 Untying the Knot (Short)
 2006/I Offside
 2003 Crimson Gold
 2000 The Circle
 1997 Ardekoul (Documentary short)
 1997 The Mirror
 1992 The Friend (Short)
 1992 The Last Exam (Short)
 1991 Kish (Documentary)
 1988 The Wounded Heads (Documentary short)
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I want you to put yourself in my shoes as a filmmaker who can't do anything else but make films, and doesn't want to do anything else. How much time do I have left? Do I have twenty years left to live? I cannot stay idle. I know this is what they want. They let me out of a small prison and released me to a much larger one.When I was in a small prison I knew there was nothing I could do there. ... See more »


On December 20, 2010, Panahi was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to six years in prison and barred for the next twenty years from film-making, political activity, traveling or giving interviews. Panahi's colleague Mohammad Rasoulof was also sentenced to six years in prison. See more »

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