Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Jafar Panahi arrested

Jafar Panahi

The Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, winner of several international awards, was arrested by Iranian security forces at his residence together with his wife, daughter and fifteen guests (artists, actors, directors). A search was conducted in the home and his personal computer was confiscated.
Jafar Panahi is one of the 15 international indipendent filmakers invited to shoot a short movie on tolerance and intercultural dialogue for the long feature Then And Now: Beyond Borders and Differences produced during 2010 by the ART for The World. For this movie, together with his synopsis «Accordion», in January 2010 Jafar Panahi sent the following director’s intention: 
I am a social minded film maker and sensitive to every phenomena which occurs in my society and evidently react to it. Perhaps (accordion) is my reaction to the events surrounded me which have been observing them. Obviously religion has strong relation with the roots of the problems. Religion is in the power of running of the country and the judgment an evaluation of ideas becomes “right” or “wrong”, good or bad. Then, who ever relates and close himself to the religion or pretend religions is allowed to enforce the others or demolish the other peoples right.
Accordion is the story of the materialistic needs of human to survive in a pretentious religious. There, one stops a musician of play reasoning for the religious prohibition, while, he himself is forced to do so in order to survive. But the main character of the film is the child or perhaps in my view, he is the symbol of the next generation, in his ideal world he realizes the need of human for survival and then decides to avoid the violence and share his small income with another needed. However he might be much poorer. This mercy is the need of society that I am living there. The society cries for avoiding the violence but the authorities are persuading all roads towards the violence.
Media do not say a thing but frightening and threatening words. This is why the main character
of the movie becomes an idealistic figure in a society which violence is enforced. (
Jafar Panahi)

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