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Iran Lifts Sanctions Against Film Group

13th September 2013

aising hopes that the new Iranian government will lift sanctions on award-winning director Jafar Panahi and allow him to make films openly again, authorities in Tehran have allowed the 5,000-member House of Cinema guild to...

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Iranian Director Jafar Panahi Grateful For Academy Invite

5th July 2013

Revered director Jafar Panahi has graciously accepted an invitation to join Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he was hit with a 20-year moviemaking ban in his native Iran.The outspoken star, a...

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Convicted Iranian Director Addresses Festival Via Skype

4th July 2013

First he was able to smuggle a movie out of Iran that had been transferred to a thumb drive, then hidden in a cake. Now Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who has been living under house...

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Jafar Panahi Appears At Festival To Introduce Banned Film

4th July 2013

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi managed to work around the restrictions imposed on him by his native country's ruling regime to debut his new movie at a film festival in the Czech Republic.Panahi is currently under...

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Iranian Director Defies Official Ban Again

13th February 2013

Famed Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was convicted of making propaganda against the state and barred from making films for 20 years, has defied authorities a second time by smuggling out of the country another...

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Martial Arts Epic Opens Berlin Film Festival

7th February 2013

The 63rd annual Berlin Film Festival -- The Berlinale -- gets underway tonight (Thursday) with a screening of The Grandmaster, a martial-arts epic from Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai. The director also heads the...

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Jafar Panahi Wins Human Rights Award

26th October 2012

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been awarded Europe's prestigious Sakharov prize for his opposition to the country's ruling regime.Panahi is currently under house arrest after he was sentenced to six years custody and hit with...

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Subdued Response From Iran Over Golden Globe For A Separation

17th January 2012

The Iranian government has given a mixed response to the selection of A Separation as the best foreign-language film at Sunday night's Golden Globes awards. Reuters quoted Ramin Memanparast, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry,...

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Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Loses Appeal Against Jail Term

17th October 2011

Iranian director Jafar Panahi has lost his appeal against his six-year prison sentence for campaigning against the country's government.Panahi, a vocal supporter of the country's opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, was convicted last year (10) of...

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Petition Calls For Overturning Iranian Director's Sentence

9th June 2011

Amnesty International on Wednesday headed a delegation to the Iran Mission to the United Nations that delivered a petition signed by more than 20,000 people calling for the reversal of the sentence meted out to...

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Iranian Film Wins Top Prize In Berlin

21st February 2011

The Berlin Film Festival -- the Berlinale -- whose jury was reduced by one member when the Iranian government imprisoned director Jafar Panahi, who was to have served on it, awarded the Golden Bear, its...

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Imprisoned Iranian Filmmaker Panahi To Be Honoured In Berlin

18th January 2011

The organisers of Germany's Berlin Film Festival will turn the spotlight on the plight of jailed Iranian director JAFAR PANAHI by honouring him at the 2011 event in protest of his six-year sentence.The filmmaker, an...

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Dga Blasts Iran's Sentencing Of Top Director

23rd December 2010

In a curiously delayed response, the Directors Guild of America on Wednesday denounced the arrest, conviction and sentencing of award-winning Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and his colleague, Mohammad Rasoulof. The two were sentenced in Iran...

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Petitions Protest Sentence Meted Out To Iranian Filmmaker

22nd December 2010

Filmmakers in Europe have voiced their support of award-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi after he was sentenced to six years in prison and barred from making films for 20 years after his conviction of making...

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Iran Sentences Top Filmmaker To Prison

21st December 2010

In a surprisingly iron-fisted action, Iran has sentenced one of its most honored filmmakers to six years in prison and banned him from making films for the next 20 years. Jafar Panahi was convicted of...

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Iranian Filmmakers Jailed

20th December 2010

Iranian filmmaker JAFAR PANAHI has been sentenced to six years behind bars after he was convicted of campaigning against the country's government.The outspoken director, a critic of the country's strict Islamic laws, went on trial...

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Iranian Filmmaker Barred From Leaving Country

2nd September 2010

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was jailed for "anti-regime" activities prior to this year's Cannes Film Festival, where he was to have served as one of the jurors, has been forbidden to leave Iran to...

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Panahi Released From Prison

25th May 2010

Iranian director JAFAR PANAHI has been released from prison after spending more than two months behind bars.The filmmaker has walked free from Tehran's Evin jail on $200,000 (£133,000) bail just weeks after a group of...

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Directors Unite To Campaign For Panahi

24th May 2010

A group of 85 Iranian filmmakers have written an open letter to government officials, urging them to release jailed director JAFAR PANAHI, who is on hunger strike behind bars.Panahi began his protest earlier this week...

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Binoche's Tears For Jailed Panahi

19th May 2010

French actress JULIETTE BINOCHE broke down in tears at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (18May10) after a journalist informed her jailed filmmaker JAFAR PANAHI is on hunger strike.The Oscar winner was speaking at a...

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De Niro, Redford And Spielberg Lead Petition For Jailed Panahi

2nd May 2010

Stars including ROBERT DE NIRO, ROBERT REDFORD and STEVEN SPIELBERG have joined forces in a bid to persuade the Iranian government to released jailed filmmaker JAFAR PANAHI.The Iranian director, a vocal supporter of the country's...

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Iranian Filmmaker Panahi Arrested

2nd March 2010

Iranian filmmaker JAFAR PANAHI has been arrested after a police raid on his home.Panahi, a vocal supporter of anti-government opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, was held at his home in Tehran, Iran, with his wife, daughter...

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Award-winning Film Faces Iran Ban

25th May 2006

Iranian director JAFAR PANAHI's award-winning movie OFFSIDE, a humorous look at the ban on women at soccer matches, faces being banned in his home country. Offside, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film...

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Politics Triumphs At Berlin Film Festival

19th February 2006

Films boasting an overtly political theme have seized the top awards at this year's (06) Berlin International Film Festival with honours for a Bosnian war epic and a probe into the notorious US prison camp...

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