Jafar Panahi: Interviews

Edited by Drew Todd

176 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches

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"For we are all accountable to the next generation, to whom we must hand this country over as gracefully and peacefully as possible. History is patient. Every period passes sooner or later."

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (b. 1960) is as famous for his remarkable films as for his courageous defiance of Iran's state censorship. Panahi achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, The White Balloon, the first Iranian film to receive an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

His subsequent films--The Mirror, The Circle, and Offside--continue to receive acclaim throughout the world, yet they remain largely unseen in his own country due to years of conflict with the Iranian government.

In spite of multiple arrests, a brief imprisonment, and a ban on making movies and giving interviews, Panahi speaks openly and passionately in this unique, invaluable collection of twenty-five interviews, open letters, and his own court statement, in which he makes a compelling case for artistic freedom and humanism. Many of these documents have been translated from Persian and appear in English for the first time, including an interview done exclusively for this volume.

In sparkling, lively interviews, Panahi reveals his influences, politics, and filmmaking practices. He explains the challenges he faces while working within (and often around) Iran's heavily restricted film industry, providing the reader a unique vantage point from which to consider Iranian cinema and society.

DREW TODD teaches film history, appreciation, and analysis in the Department of Film and Theatre at San José State University. He earned his PhD in film studies, with a doctoral minor in art history, from Indiana University Bloomington. His work has been published in such publications as Film, Fashion & Consumption and the Journal of Popular Film and Television.

176 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches