This is not a film (2011) – is an Iranian movie/documentary made by Iranian film maker  Jafar Panahi who was under house arrest, convicted of “making propaganda against the system” and banned from writing scripts or shooting pictures for the next 20 years by the Iranian government.

The Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi in his Tehran living room is the center of attention in “This Is Not a Film.”

The response from the film maker was that he made another film which he partially shot on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence – six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking – Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.

The more I think about This Is Not a Film, the more golden it becomes. Everything about it is a victory against the odds. It shouldn’t have been made and yet it was. It shouldn’t have escaped Iran, yet somehow it did. It shouldn’t have found its way on to the documentary Oscar shortlist and yet, sure enough, there it is. Its very presence is a revelation; its very pedigree is wholly (and deliberately) unclassifiable.

The Gaurdian

Watch the movie below: (may be will get deleted soon)

“If we can tell a film, then why make a film?”

Jafar Panahi

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