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At Cannes, Director Rasoulof Discusses Decision To Flee Iran

ferl.org – Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof recalled how he had to decide within hours whether to go into exile or serve a prison sentence, saying it was still difficult to talk about it during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25. Rasoulof was in town for the premiere of his new drama The Seed Of The …

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Director Mohammad Rasoulof, Who Fled Iran, Will Attend Cannes

RFL/RE – Film director Mohammad Rasoulof, who made a dramatic on-foot escape from Iran, will attend the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his new movie, organizers told AFP on May 21. The award-winning director will be on the French Cote d’Azur on May 24 when The Seed Of The Sacred Fig competes for the top prize Palme d’Or, …

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Strict Hijab Enforcement Dominates Tehran International Book Fair

Iranwire – “You do not have the right to enter the exhibition with this cover,” one of the Basij women patrolling in front of the entrance gate of the Tehran Book Fair said to a girl attempting to enter. She directed the girl to a nearby booth called “A Good Feeling.” The girl responded, “I came from home with this …

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Iranian director Rasoulof urges film world to support colleagues

VOA – Film director Mohammad Rasoulof, who has secretly fled Iran for an undisclosed location in Europe, urged the world film community on Tuesday to provide “strong support” to his colleagues. Rasoulof, who was sentenced to jail on national security charges, and whose latest movie will compete at this month’s Cannes film festival, said he fears for the “safety and …

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Award-Winning Filmmaker Flees Iran After Flogging, Prison Sentence

RFL/RE – Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof on May 13 said he had left Iran in secret after being informed that he had been sentenced to flogging and eight years in prison on security-related charges. Rasoulof, who has been convicted of “collusion to act against national security,” said in a statement that he had left for Europe days earlier. His statement …

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French Iranian author wins top Spanish prize for graphic novel

VOA – French Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, whose graphic novel “Persepolis” tells the story of a girl growing up in post-revolutionary Iran, was awarded Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanity on Tuesday. The prize jury praised the 54-year-old as “one of the most prominent names in international comics, author of what is, for many, one of …

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Iran: Making a Future Out of the Past

gatestoneinstitute.org – [A]ny regime’s foreign policy is basically a continuation of its domestic policies. The Khomeinist revolution’s ambition was to transform the Iranian society into a vehicle for “exporting revolution” which, as “Supreme Guide” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei often asserts, is the fundamental goal of the regime. The hitch is that, as the old generation of revolutionaries, a hodgepodge of leftist …

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Iran Blocks ‘Blind Date’ As Part Of Social-Media Crackdown

RFL/RE – Iran’s judicial authorities have seized the Instagram page of the popular online program Blind Date, hosted by an Iranian influencer known as Viny, as part of a sweeping crackdown on social-media content. The official announcement, made on Viny’s Instagram page, which has more than 1.2 million followers, said the action was taken by judicial order and the page …

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Kurdish Singer Abbaszadeh Faces Arrest Again

Iranwire – Iranian security forces have detained Kurdish singer Mohammad Abbaszadeh, according to a report by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.  The 35-year-old from Ilam province was reportedly arrested upon returning from Nowruz celebrations in Shuhan city.  His current whereabouts and condition are unknown. This is not the first time Abbaszadeh has faced persecution by Iranian authorities. In October …

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