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Iran sentences award-winning director to jail forward of Cannes

Iran sentences award-winning director to jail forward of Cannes


The award-winning Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to eight years in jail and lashings simply forward of his deliberate journey to the Cannes movie pageant, his lawyer informed The Related Press Thursday.

Rasoulof, 51, identified for his movie “There Is No Evil,” has develop into the newest artist focused in a widening crackdown on all dissent within the Islamic Republic following years of mass protests, together with over the 2022 demise of Mahsa Amini.

Iranian authorities have not acknowledged the sentence however Rasoulof and different artists had co-signed a letter urging authorities to “put your gun down” amid demonstrations over a 2022 constructing collapse that killed at the least 29 folks within the southwestern metropolis of Abadan. Within the time since then, artists, athletes, celebrities and others have been referred to as for questioning or confronted jail sentences.

“This judgment is issued on account of Mr. Rasoulof signing statements in assist of the Iranian folks,” his lawyer Babak Paknia informed the AP. He mentioned that these statements, alongside along with his tweets and additional social actions, had been discovered to be situations of ‘motion towards nationwide safety.’

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Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof takes a photograph for his movie “The Immigrant” in Cannes, France, on Might 24, 2013. The award-winning Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been sentenced to eight years in jail and lashings simply forward of his deliberate journey to the Cannes Movie Competition, his lawyer informed The Related Press Thursday. (AP Picture/Francois Mori, File)

Rasoulof confronted trial in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court docket, Paknia added.

The tribunals, typically dealing with circumstances of these with Western ties later utilized in prisoner swaps by Iran, have been internationally criticized for not permitting these on trial to choose their very own legal professionals and even see the proof towards them in closed-door hearings.

The director additionally faces lashings, fines and asset seizures, his lawyer mentioned.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t reply to a request for remark over Rasoulof’s sentencing. He had been scheduled to move to Cannes for the premiere of his new movie, “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” later this month.

“There Is No Evil,” which tells 4 tales loosely linked to the usage of the demise penalty in Iran, received the Golden Bear prize at Berlin in 2020. Rasoulof wasn’t there to simply accept the award on account of a journey ban imposed on him by Iranian authorities. Shortly after receiving the award, he was sentenced to a 12 months in jail for 3 movies he made that authorities discovered to be “propaganda towards the system.”

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He has confronted repeated jail sentences and movie bans in his native Iran, whose Shiite theocracy lengthy has railed towards Western-embraced artists as part of a “delicate warfare” towards its insurance policies. But Iran has develop into identified on the worldwide movie circuit for daring, thought-provoking motion pictures outlining the challenges of life within the Islamic Republic.

Fellow filmmaker Saeed Roustayi and his producer equally confronted authorized motion final 12 months after touring to Cannes to indicate “Leila’s Brothers.”

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