Jafar Panahi: jailed Iranian director who won hearts in Europe

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi, jailed as part of a crackdown on the country’s filmmakers, for years defied a ban on his work to carry on making deeply human tales of Iran’s social and cultural struggles that won a loyal following abroad.

The ingenuity he demonstrated in getting his films made and smuggled out of Iran to foreign distributors and film festivals became the stuff of legend.


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