22 user 128 critic

In film nist (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 29 February 2012 (USA)
1:31 | Trailer
It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.


Jafar Panahi
9 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

Pardé (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi
Stars: Kambuzia Partovi, Maryam Moqadam, Jafar Panahi
Offside I (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi
Taxi III (2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Jafar Panahi
Ayneh (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Mina Mohammad Khani, Aida Mohammadkhani, Kazem Mojdehi
Talaye sorkh (2003)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Hossain Emadeddin, Kamyar Sheisi, Azita Rayeji
Dayereh (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Mojgan Faramarzi
The Accordion (2010)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Khadije Bahrami, Kambiz Bahrami
3 Faces (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei
Dah (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Persian Carpet is an omnibus film produced by Iran's National Carpet Center and Farabi Cinema Foundation where 15 renowned Iranian directors contributed films on the subject of Persian ... See full summary »

Directors: Behruz Afkhami, Rakhshan Banietemad, and 13 more credits »
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Jafar Panahi


Cast overview:
Jafar Panahi ... Himself
Igi Igi ... Himself, pet lizard
Mrs. Gheirat Mrs. Gheirat ... Herself (voice)
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb Mojtaba Mirtahmasb ... Himself
Rakhsan Rakhsan ... Herself (voice)
Sima Sima ... Herself, owner of Micky the dog (voice)
Micky Micky ... Himself, Sima's dog
Hasan Hasan ... Himself, part-time janitor


It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

29 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

This Is Not a Film See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,638, 9 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,465, 2 December 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Jafar Panahi's 6th feature film. See more »


Features Ayneh (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It's not a film; why am I reviewing it?
18 March 2013 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

In only seventy-six minutes, the "documentary" (if we can call it that) This is Not a Film manages to do much in the way of silent rebellion, documentation, personal-freedom, and expressionism in a beautifully unconventional sense. It focuses on director Jafar Panahi, who was criminally silenced by the Iranian government for making films deemed as "propaganda." During this particular time, and in current times, Panahi is prohibited from making films and affiliating himself with any types of films. This fact alone makes This is Not a Film bolder and one of the most ostentatious documentaries ever made; mainly because it's a project that never was supposed to even be a thought in Panahi's head.

We see Panahi, alone in his large high-rise apartment, go about his daily activities, which include eating breakfast, playing with his daughter's iguana named Igi, analyzing his older films in a very deep sense, acting out scenes from his movies, and repeatedly calling his attorney to get a ruling on his case. Because of his "propaganda" films, Panahi has the potential to face six years in prison and the possibility of never directing another film again. This is a scary thought for a man who is clearly not our of words to say.

The naturalism and simplicity is what immediately sold me on this film. It's not hard to tell that much of this picture was comprised on Panahi's spontaneous thoughts. Nothing is very consistent; not all of it is particularly compelling, but all of it is truly a sight to behold. This is Not a Film, in order to receive distribution, was put on a flash drive and smuggled out of Iran in a cake, making this a truly unique picture just in its story. How many films (or "films") can you say you've seen that really shouldn't have been made? While my biggest compliment to the "film" is its naturalism and biographical nature, it also is my most prominent complaint. Many things happen here, some interesting, some not, making this experience fluctuate in quality more-so than any other picture I've seen this year. A strong part of me absolutely lauds Panahi for his bravery and commitment to get his "film" released, yet because of its loose, lax nature, I question why he chose to make it more about his typical day instead of voicing an opinion on the cruelty of the Iranian government. Now, I realize how deviant and asking that sounds, seeing as it was incalculably daring for Panahi to make a film at all. But why not go for broke if you chose to go back on a law at all? Why not question or defend the "propaganda" accusation his films now bear? Why not take in account how you really feel about this whole thing? However, one surprisingly elegant thing he does in This is Not a Film is question what exactly a film is? Moreover, does this picture he's making now count as a film? Is it "illegal" that he's getting his pal Mojtaba Mirtahmasb to film much of it on a cell-phone camera? Is it because it's spontaneous, and follows a very non-linear style that it doesn't qualify as a film? Does a film need to be a certain length to be constituted that? Does anything need to happen? I was reminded of those short films I always find myself watching on Youtube from the late 1800's to the early 1900's of little skits or documentaries that briefly regard life/humor/culture of a country at that specific time. Were they films? They never seemed to follow a strict plot line.

This is Not a Film is something people from all countries (especially America) should watch in order to truly view how repressed, censored, and limited other countries can be. In America, grotesque films like The Human Centipede can be made, showcasing disgust and loathe at its height, 2016: Obama's America can be made, a film that deliberately regards almost everything the current US president says as lies and cites his motives as unworthy, and The Hangover Part II can be made, a raunchy comedic exercise capitalizing off lewdness and politically incorrect humor. The fact that This is Not a Film came to be may sit indifferently with people from America, but the fact that it exists is an astonishing landmark for Iranian freedom of speech. While I can't recommend this work in an overbearing nature, if you go to a video store and find it there, it is probably the one you should pick up for its importance and bold roots. But since it isn't a film, I technically should be reviewing it or saying any of this.

Starring: Jafar Panahi. Directed by: Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed