Iranian director Panahi detained for dissident film project


Published on the website of German public service radio channel “Deutschlandradio” on 15. April 2010
Source (German):
English translation provided by @germantoenglish

The Iranian film director Jafar Panahi was arrested. Minister of Culture Mohammad Hosseini claimed that according to information provided to him, Panahi had planned to make a film about the events in the aftermath of the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The outcome of the poll had caused massive protests throughout Iran. Panahi’s wife denied that her husband had been working on such a movie project. The 49-year-old director is one of the most renowned film makers in Iran. He received awards at festivals in Berlin, Venice, and Cannes. Because of his support for the opposition he was not allowed to leave Iran for the past several months.

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