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Asghar Farhadi’s The Past: Perpetuating a Global Untruth
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One cannot deny that political repression can provoke extreme responses from filmmakers but film festivals are not radical spaces and appealing entirely to them cannot be politically fruitful. I propose that a clever work that manages to pass censorship locally can be a more valuable political weapon than a ‘bold’ film which is seen only by art-house audiences, argues M. K. Raghavendra in his column Minority Views.
Increasingly, it would seem that the Iranian films that the rest of the world gets to see are not ‘Iranian’ at all but global artifacts. Just consider Jafar Panahi’s Closed Curtain (2013), which is intended as an attack on the suppression of intellectual freedom in Iran. In this film Panahi’s screenwriter is in hiding with his pet dog because of the proscription of dogs by the state under Islamic law. What is significant here is that this happens in the filmmaker’s »
- MK Raghavendra