This Is Not A Film


A day in the life of Jafar Panahi

Smuggled out of Iran on a USB stick, this brave, poignant film charts a day in the life of writer/director Jafar Panahi.

Banned from filmmaking for two decades and appealing against a six-year prison sentence for alleged anti-government activities, Panahi turns the camera on himself in his Tehran apartment.

We also meet co-director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, a pet iguana and a cheerful rubbish-collecting student.

Drawing on revealing clips from Panahi’s previous films, TINAF reveals not only the realities of artistic censorship, but its firework-laden finale shows how cinema thrives on spontaneity.

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    • FBSHarrigan

      Mar 23rd 2012, 2:48

      This film will probably give an interesting look into the daily situation of Iran, especially for artists. I do however question the logic of the title. This seems to be a reference to the The Treachery of Images, the french painting used to make a point about images and reality. Taken out of context this does not seem to make any sense as what will be shown is an actual film not a picture of a film; this would make sense if they were showing a photograph or painting of the film reel itself. The alternative could be that the director smuggled the film out and had to lie about the contents of the flash drive, but it seems very far to go for such a tangential reference. Nitpicking aside, given the current state of Hollywood right now, it will probably be a refreshing change to hear about the struggle of passionate film makers in a country far more restricting than the United States.

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