This is a moving, altogether original film that weaves together a series of metaphors and draws us into the life of a courageous man. It's a subtle contribution to the literature of oppression, opposition and prison and to the never-ending discussion of art and its relationship to life. Phillip French, The Guardian
In 2010, renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Offside) received a six-year prison sentence and a twenty-year ban from filmmaking and conducting interviews with foreign press as a result of his open support of the opposition party in Irans 2009 presidential election. Panahi shares his day-to-day life in this documentary, shot clandestinely in his Tehran apartment by his close friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, and smuggled out of Iran in a cake as a last-minute submission to Cannes. This is Not a Film adheres provisionally to the terms of the state injunctionPanahi did not write a script nor use a full-size camera. Nonetheless, his new video essay is a work of defiance, which has been immediately heralded by the international film community.
Photographed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. (75 mins, In Farsi with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Palisades Tartan)
$5.50 BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students, $6.50 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17), $9.50 General admission