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Prominent Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested by Iranian Authorities


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jafar Panahi

Prominent Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi was arrested by Iranian security forces at his home along with his wife, daughter and 15 other guests.

Reformist website Jaras spoke with Panaihi's son who reports that security officers raided the house and searched it for over five hours confiscating various documents.

He added that a number of the guests were also connected with the film industry such as Mohammad Rasulov and Ebrahim Ghafari as well as two other filmmakers, Mahnaz Mohammadi and Rokhsareh Ghaem-Maghami.

Jafar Panahi has repeatedly come out in support of election protesters and the Green Movement in the post-election events for which the government has in turn confronted him on several occasions.

He was arrested at the commemoration ceremony for the post-election victims at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in September. Later he was forbidden to leave the country in connection with a prospective film deal in France and in February, he was banned from travelling which impeded him from attending a panel discussion in Berlin Film Festival.

Jafar Panahi, the creator of internationally recognized films such as "The White Balloon" and "The Circle," has often revealed a unique view of Iran's social ills in his work.

Since the election protests to the alleged vote rigging in the presidential election began in June, thousands of opposition supporters have been detained, and many prominent reformist figures and journalist have received heavy prison terms.


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