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THIS IS NOT A FILM

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THIS IS NOT A FILM

DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi - IRAN

“Accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving.”—New York Film Festival (75 mins.)

Filmography: The White Balloon (95), The Mirror (97), The Circle (00), Crimson Gold (03), Offside (06).

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FILM REVIEW

DIGITAL


PANEL DISCUSSION: CENSORSHIP & DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Saturday, February 18, 7:15-8 p.m. (directly following the Saturday screening of THIS IS NOT A FILM)
Stevens Room, Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue)

For this brief panel discussion, a group of international filmmakers will discuss the artistic, political, and practical challenges of producing films in Belarus—a country not unlike Iran, where internet, radio, press, TV, music, and filmmaking are monitored and/or censored by centralized government control and free expression is limited. As in the Iran of Panahi and Mirtahmasb (THIS IS NOT A FILM), in Belarus, documentaries largely remain the format that allow critically-minded individuals to explore and expose various aspects and layers of their heavily controlled social reality.

The filmmakers are in Portland learning about documentary filmmaking in the U.S., hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon's International Visitor Program and sponsored through the U.S. Department of State.

FREE WITH FILM ADMISSION



Interests: Middle Eastern, Art, Documentary.

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