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This Is Not A Film

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AGAINST ODDS Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film

This Is Not a Film

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
75 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/29/12
performer:
Jafar Panahi
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A

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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