This is Not a Film

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.

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  • amnon

    Ok film good people

    March 29, 2013

  • Kerry H.

    Glad to have the group's validation that i had not dozed off and missed something! Odd piece but thought-provoking discussion.

    March 29, 2013

  • Raymond C.

    How can we judge a film which wasn't a film, "This is not a Film". At least it gave us a lot to talk about.

    March 29, 2013

  • Shawna

    The film wasn't that great (oh wait, it wasn't a film) but I enjoyed conversation at Elmo's afterwards.

    March 28, 2013

  • Raymond C.

    For anyone who may not know where the Richard White lecture hall is on campus, here is a useful link http://maps.duke.edu/map/index.php?id=21&embedMrkId=2811&mapOnly=1

    March 28, 2013

  • Joanna

    Not sure if I will make it so I'll say no for now, so I don't have to cancel last-minute

    March 27, 2013

  • Dave S.

    I'm a maybe

    March 27, 2013

  • amnon

    I will try to get there.

    March 27, 2013

  • Shawna

    The running time for this film is just 76 mins. So, if people are up for it, we could grab a bite to eat afterwards. This venue is only about 1/2 mile drive to either 9th St or downtown. We could possibly go to Alivia's at 900 W Main or Elmo's at 776 9th St.

    March 25, 2013

  • gauri

    will be in St. louis

    March 24, 2013

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