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Inner States: This Is Not a Film (U)

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a man stands in a house with an image behind him, the image is of a man with his head in his hands

When renowned Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, is put under house arrest and banned from making films by a government warrant, he channels his creative drive inwards.

Together with his friend and colleague, cinematographer Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, he documents one day of incarceration in his flat. While Panahi’s other family members are out preparing for the celebrations of the Iranian New Year, he’s left to watch the news; contemplating the nature of cinema; hanging out with the family pet, Igi the Iguana; reading fragments of the script from his new production, while looking through footage of some of his internationally- acclaimed films.

Without breaching the rules imposed on him, Panahi creates a personal and cinematic declaration of dissent. This Is Not a Film, ended up premiering in Cannes, gaining the freedom of movement its creator has yet to obtain.

Iran 2010 Dir Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb 75min

Persian with English subtitles

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