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This Is Not a Film


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This Is Not a Film
Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2011

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 7 PM
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 7 PM

Jafar Panahi, the director of numerous extraordinary films including The White Balloon and Crimson Gold, was accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and is currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking. From the confines of his apartment, Panahi secretly collaborated with a documentarian friend to film a day in his own life.

The result, This Is Not a Film, is a seemingly modest home movie that gradually becomes another astonishing entry in the rich Iranian tradition of merging documentary and fiction. The filming and release of This Is Not a Film is one of cinema’s most extraordinary acts of political and moral conviction; the film was sent to the Cannes Film Festival and smuggled out of Iran on a USB stick hidden inside a cake! (75 mins., video, Persian with English subtitles)

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