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Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof have been sentenced to six years in prison and banned from filmmaking for 20 years. We will screen Panahi's The Circle, without admission price, in protest of this action.
An online petition has been started to try to get Iranian judicial authorities to overturn this sentence.
Golden Lion FIPRESCI Prize & 3 other awards Venice Film Fest
"Restrained yet powerful, devastating in its emotional effects" -Los Angeles Times
"A dark, sustained, and wrenching film" -Village Voice
"The pic is shot with such skillful simplicity, the hallmark of Iran's finest cinema, that the story of seven women who have crossed the law goes beyond its social statement to achieve a universal human vision" -Variety
½ -Roger Ebert
"The most talented disciple of Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi actually tops him at leaving things out of a story to tantalize the viewer... You can't afford to miss this" -Chicago Reader
"The world it shows is both mysterious and full of menace -- yet as real as the world outside the theater" -Chicago Tribune
Banned by the Iranian government, this masterfully crafted and deeply affecting film found an international audience after winning top honors at the Venice Film Festival. This is an honest, disturbing look at the plight of ordinary Iranian women dealing with institutionalized political and sexual repression.
Directed by Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2000, 91 mins. In Farsi with English subtitles.
The screening will be followed by a discussion of the circumstances of Panahi and Rasoulof's sentence and the situation in Iran, featuring Kaveh Ehsani of the International Studies Program at DePaul University and moderated by Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview on WBEZ.