Jafar Panahi is an Iranian movie
director critical of his government.
Jafar Panahi made a… no, not a film. He made something called "This is Not a Film":
Mr. Panahi, one of the leading Iranian filmmakers of the past decade, was under a legal assault from his government that included the confiscation of his passport, the threat of a long prison sentence and an even longer ban on making movies.
Careful to obey the letter of that injunction and thus exposing the preposterousness as well as the meanness of its spirit Mr. Panahi did not write a screenplay or wield a full-size camera. A colleague, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (credited as co-director), comes to his apartment to shoot, and Mr. Panahi restricts his activities to talking, recording with his iPhone, commenting on some of his earlier films and reading aloud from existing scripts. So 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.
His "not a film" was smuggled out of Iran by being loaded onto a USB flash drive, stuck inside a cake, and mailed from Iran to Paris.
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