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Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi

2010, in Farsi with English subtitles


78 minutes



This Is Not a Film

In film nist

“Secretly shot on an iPhone by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and smuggled into France on a USB key hidden in a cake for a last-minute submission to the Cannes Film Festival, it depicts the sequestered life of famed director Jafar Panahi (The Circle, Offside), whose 2010 arrest sparked an international outcry. Banned from traveling, giving interviews or making films, Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.”—Freer/Sackler