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Jafar Panahi: When I read a section of Hassan Rouhani’s address to the Fajr Film…

07 Feb

Jafar Panahi: When I read a section of Hassan Rouhani’s address to the Fajr Film Festival, it gave me hope and persuaded me to read the complete text because it contained this message: “Returning the estranged audience to movie theaters is the most crucial responsibility of our officials and filmmakers today. Cinema has no meaning without its audience, and festivals are only relevant when people are content with their country’s film industry and feel kinship with it.” …

To my utmost regret, after reading the complete address, I was reminded of the words of Sadegh Zibakalam: “There are streaks of Ahmadinejad’s populism in Rouhani as well.” I believe that the latter is more dangerous, because while the former’s policies had merely become superficial slogans, this administration is consciously trying to establish a new system of censorship …


Jafar Panahi to Hassan Rouhani: "Do Not Try to Establish a New System of Censorship!" – Persian…
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In this exclusive Tavaana translation, renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi sharply rebukes Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s address to the opening ceremony of the 2014 Fajr Film Festival. In his letter, the award-winning filmmaker criticizes the President’s positions and revisits the allega…

 
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