BY WILL SLOAN
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi started using his digital camera to create a documentary self-portrait after he was confined to house arrest and banned from directing for 20 years. He cheekily titled it “This Is Not a Film.” Panahi’s documentary was smuggled out of Iran on a USB drive inside a cake.
Panahi’s film opened in New York on Wednesday — three days after another Iranian film, “A Separation,” won the country its first Foreign Film Oscar.
I spoke to Jamsheed Akrami, a film professor and friend of Panahi. He said that as Iranian cinema reaches a higher international profile, its censorship practices are under greater scrutiny.
Jamsheed Akrami teaches film at William Patterson University. This Is Not a Film is playing at Film Forum.