This film is part of Duke University’s Screen/Society – Middle East Film Series: Iranian Cinema.
This is not a film. No, of course not. How could it be, when Jafar Panahi has been banned from making films? He was arrested along with Mohammad Rassoulof in March 2010, on suspicion of making a film hostile to the government. They were condemned to six years in prison and given a 20 year ban on making films and leaving the country. Both have appealed their sentence.
This is Not a Film (In Film Nist) by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb is both a logbook and an act of resistance. Jafar Panahi narrates waiting for the verdict of the Court of Appeal, thus giving a snapshot of the situation faced by Iranian cinema. "The revelatory essence of cinema helps the artist to overcome problems and transform all restrictions into artistic material through the creative process", write the two filmmakers.
Jafar Panahi is 50 years old and is one of the most influential figures in the new wave of Iranian cinema. His films are banned in his own country but regularly win awards at festivals.
Film Website / Trailer
The film starts at 7:00 pm. Let’s gather 15 – 20 mins prior before heading into the auditorium.