25 January 2013 12:43 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Could another Iranian filmmaker be in trouble with his government at home? First-time Sundance Film Festival writer-director Mohammad Shirvani, whose film “Fat Shaker” screened in the New Frontier program this week, believes he now has cause for concern. According to Shirvani, who spoke through a translator, several fundamentalist websites (Javanonline.com, rajanews.com and kalame.com, among them) attacked his film Sunday as “anti-Iranian,” despite the fact that he had made the film under Ministry of Culture guidelines. Filmed in February 2012, “Fat Shaker” details the relationship between an obese father, his deaf son and a beautiful woman who enters and changes their lives. Performed in the English, Farsi and Dari languages, “Fat Shaker” premiered Friday, Jan. 18, and also played in Salt Lake City Monday night. “The regime characterizes any work shown in outside festivals that may be viewed as anti-government »

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