This is Not a Film

This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The Circle) during house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with co-director Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking. "If this is not a film, it is, among other things, a statement of creative resistance in the face of tyranny and a document of intellectual freedom under political duress" - New York Times.

Year: 2011
Genre: Documentaries, Film On Film, African & Middle Eastern, Political Docos, Film Festivals 2012, 2012
Country: Iran
Director: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Starring: Jafar Panahi
Duration: 75 Minutes
Rating: PG
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Documentary (Film On Film)



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