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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Jafar Panahi
Directors
Jafar Panahi
Screenwriters
Jafar Panahi
Running Time
75 minutes

This Is Not A Film
(Spoiler: yes it is)


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Plot
Iran. December, 2010. Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is placed under house arrest after the repressive Iranian regime charges him with alleged crimes against national security. His response? To covertly film his straitened circumstances using only a cameraphone and a digital video camera.


Verdict
A deeply courageous, and, in the circumstance, astonishing piece of filmmaking. It's slow going at times but considering the guerrilla techniques used to make it, and the fact that it was smuggled out of Iran in a cake, it's well tracking down in the cinema (or bakery).


Reviewed by David Hughes

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