Winner of Muhr AsiaAfrica / Documentary /Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentaries – First Prize : Jafar Panahi (Director)
What becomes of a filmmaker who is forbidden to make films? This is the subject of “This is Not a Film,” which looks at a day in the life of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from filmmaking for 20 years. “This is Not a Film” sees Panahi have a telephone conversation with his lawyer, feed the family’s pet iguana, and narrate a film he was planning before his arrest. His clear distress at the restrictions he faces suggests a stunning argument that the creation of art is a compulsion rather than a choice.
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