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Iranian film-makers script political role| Massoumeh Torfeh

25 May 2010 1:26 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Attempts at silencing creative artists have been in vain as Iran's directors are acclaimed both at home and abroad

He missed the Cannes film festival while in solitary confinement on hunger strike in Evin prison, Iran. Jafar Panahi, the internationally acclaimed Iranian film director, was released on bail today. He went on hunger strike on 16 May to protest at his treatment and the accusations against him. He was arrested in February for allegedly making a film about the contested presidential elections of last June, which brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power.

Panahi is known for his social realism films and has won awards at the Venice and Berlin film festivals. While on hunger strike in prison, he was due to be acting as a judge at the Cannes film festival last week. His chair was left empty throughout this year's competition in protest at his incarceration.

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- Massoumeh Torfeh

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