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Manuscripts Don't Burn Review

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Two hitmen, Khosrow and Mortezam shoot the breeze as they figure out how best to carry out their mission for their Iranian government paymasters. Meanwhile, a novelist and a heavy-for-hire grapple with the fallout of state censorship.

★★★★★

Centring on two state officials struggling with everyday problems, this fact-based exposé of the ruthless activities of the Iranian security forces in suppressing artistic expression is excused its dramatic lapses because of the heroic risks taken during its production.

Cinema is rarely a matter of life and death but for Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, now confined to and repressed by his Iranian homeland, it really is. A potent work for all sorts of reasons.