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July 30, 2009 3:28 AM
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Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested In Tehran

Jafar Panahi at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, where his film "Offside" was screening. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.

AFP is reporting that prominent Iranian director Jafar Panahi ("Offside", "The Circle") was arrested today, along with his wife and daughter, at a ceremony where mourners gathered to commemorate slain election protesters. AFP notes that "Panahi is a vocal critic of Iran hardliners and his movies have been banned for a decade from domestic cinemas despite their international success." Several other mourners were also arrested by Iranian riot police. They were marking the 40th day since the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, a woman "who came to symbolise the protest movement against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

The Times Online is also covering the events, while The New York Times is running a constantly updated blog on the protests, including information about Panahi.


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  • srhodes | July 30, 2009 8:54 AMReply

    It has been reported he has been released along with Mahnaz Mohammadi & Rokhsare GhaemMaghami