Masters of Dox


Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi preparing a work that he knows he cannot make...

On December 20, 2010, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was convicted of ‘assembly and colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.' His sentence: six years in prison and a twenty-year ban on filmmaking or giving any form of interview. He was under house arrest in Tehran, where he made 'This is Not a Film'. The concept is simple: a day in the life of a filmmaker. But when the filmmaker is barred from making films, all he can do is plan. We see Panahi preparing a work that he knows he cannot make. He converses with Mirtahmasb about the creative process. And then he lays out his plans. In a strangely mesmerizing sequence, this muzzled artist turns his living room into a film set, laying masking tape down on the carpet to delineate the space of his imagination. He narrates the opening shots for a hypothetical film that mirrors his own situation.

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb was born in Kerman, Iran. He is the director of 'Lady of the Roses' (2008) and co­director of 'This is Not a Film' (2011).


Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi is a director, writer and  producer from Iran. His films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran. Panahi was arrested twice. The second time for 86 days when finally the Iranian government, pressured by the solidarity of international film festivals and well known filmmakers, released him on bail. Panahi has won a number of human right prizes, such as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and The Medal of Art for Freedom. His first feature, The White Balloon, premiered in 1977 in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d’Or. The Circle premiered in 2003 in Venice and won the Golden Lion. Crimson Gold premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes and won The Jury Prize. Offside premiered in 2010 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Director. This Is Not a Film premiered in 2012 in Cannes Official Selection in Special Screening. Closed Curtain premiered in 2013 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Script. Taxi premiered in 2015 in Berlin and won the Golden Bear Award. 3 Faces premiered in Cannes in 2018 and won the Best Screenplay Award.

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2011, 75', color, video

Directed by:
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Screenplay by:
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Edited by:
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi

Produced by:
Wide Management