Awarded several times internationally, the 62-year-old Iranian was sentenced in 2010 to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on directing or writing films, traveling or speaking in the media, for “Propaganda against the regime”.
Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi, Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, was arrested on Monday (July 11) in Iran, the Iranian news agency reported. Moreover. “Jafar Panahi was arrested today (Monday 11 July) when he went to the Tehran prosecutor’s office to follow up on another director’s file, Mohammad Rasoulof“, detained since Friday, July 8, second Moreover.
Mohammad Rasoulof and his colleague Mostafa Aleahmad had been arrested by the authorities for “disturbance of public order”. They are accused of encouraging demonstrations after the collapse of a building that killed 43 people in the southwest of the country in May 2022, according to the official Irna news agency.
Led by Mohammad Rasoulof, a group of Iranian filmmakers, including Jafar Panahi, published an open letter in late May inviting the security forces “lay down your arms” in the face of anger “the corruption” And “incompetence” officials, after the tragedy of the collapse of the building.
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“There is still no information on the reason for Panahi’s arrest, his connection with the Rasoulof case or with other people arrested last week”, clarified Moreover. In recent times, the Iranian authorities have carried out numerous arrests, including a figure of the reformist movement Mostafa Tajzadeh, detained and accused of“activities against state security”.
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