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Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested In Tehran

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 30, 2009 at 3:28AM

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."
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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.