Iranian Cinema Under Siege| 2mins
Director: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran | Producer: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
A short video highlighting the plight of Iranian cinema. The video, "Iranian Cinema Under Siege" features Richard PeÃ±a, the director of the New York Film Festival, and Hamid Dabashi, professor at Columbia University, who discuss the extent of the government's repression of Iranian filmmakers. Footage of prominent Iranian filmmakers Bahman Farmanara and Jafar Panahi, who was under house arrest in 2012, details the ongoing effect of this repression.
The 2012 Academy Award for the Iranian film "A Separation" has once again put Iranian cinema in the spotlight for its original and innovative storytelling and reflection of daily societal issues. This international acclaim comes at the same time as the Iranian government continues its increased targeting and persecution of Iranian actors and filmmakers.
Members of Iran's independent film industry face enormous pressure from the government simply for pursuing their career. The Iranian state's censorship authorities see independent filmmakers who stray from the official narrative and strive for an honest portrayal of Iranian society as a threat.