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This Is Not A Film

This Is Not a FilmIgnore the title This Is Not a Film — this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression. Sentenced to...This Is Not a FilmDocumentaryPT75MIgnore the title This Is Not a Film — this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression. Sentenced to...2012-02-24
AGAINST ODDS Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film

AGAINST ODDS Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film

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This Is Not a Film

Genre: Documentary; Starring: Jafar Panahi; Runtime (in minutes): 75

Ignore the title This Is Not a Film — this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression. Sentenced to house arrest on charges of antigovernment collusion and banned from making movies, the wonderful Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The Circle) uses himself, his home, an iPhone, and a digital camera smuggled in by a collaborator to shape a movie that sneaks in wry political commentary along the way. (The film itself escaped Iran on a USB stick hidden inside a cake.) This “not film” is a stirring demonstration of how just living one’s daily life can be a work of art. A

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