Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Focus on Freedom: A Film Screening & Roundtable in Support of Jailed Iranian Director Jafar Panahi

Saturday, March 12, 2011

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Focus on Freedom: A Film Screening & Roundtable in Support of Jailed Iranian Director Jafar Panahi

In December, an Iranian court sentenced filmmaker Jafar Panahi to six years in prison and banned him from writing scripts, making films, traveling abroad, and speaking with any media for twenty years. The acclaimed director — a winner at Cannes and the Berlin and Venice Film Festivals — was arrested for his vocal support of the Green Movement following the disputed 2009 elections in Iran. He is appealing his sentence. Join students and faculty in solidarity with Panahi for an afternoon of screening and discussion.

"It's depressing to imagine a society with so little faith in its own citizens that it feels compelled to lock up anyone with a contrary opinion. As filmmakers, we all need to stand up for Panahi..." Martin Scorsese, December 22, 2010

Saturday, March 12
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

4:00 p.m.: Screening: The White Balloon (1995)

5:30 p.m.: Roundtable with Shiva Balaghi (Cogut Center), Hussein Banai (Political Science), and Ben Hyman (Brown ’11)

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating available on a first come, first served basis. The event is sponsored by the Brown Afghanistan Working Group, Watson Institute for International Studies. Refreshments will be provided.