This Is Not a Film
Set entirely inside an apartment in Tehran, this urgent documentary transforms domestic space into a site of profound political resistance. Sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films for twenty years, acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The Circle, 2000) remains in a state of physical and creative limbo under endless house arrest while he awaits sentencing. Fellow filmmaker Mirtahasebi drops by and leaves a camera running, allowing us to witness a day in Panahi’s life, as he engages with the forbidden medium and utilizes the simplest means to create a portrait of repression. The film was famously smuggled out of Iran to the Cannes Film Festival in a cake.
Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahasebi and Jafar Panahi, 2011
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Runtime: 76 minutes
Part of the urban film series Cinematic Sites, selected by Paul Dallas and presented in conjunction with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.