The Circle (Iran)
Seven Muslim-majority countries are directly affected by last Friday’s executive order. Not all of them — especially Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — have robust film industries, meaning movies both about and made in these nations can be hard to find. Even so, they’re worth seeking out.
Jafar Panahi won the Golden Lion at the 2000 Venice Film Festival for his acclaimed drama, for instance, which remains banned in Iran. One of his country’s most revered auteurs — which is saying a lot — he’s among the standard-bearers of the Iranian New Wave.