NOS News•Today, 11:12
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi faces six years in prison. He was sentenced to that sentence in 2010 and has not been allowed to leave Iran ever since. He was arrested last week when he wanted to attend the trial of fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof. He was arrested for sedition.
Panahi won the Golden Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival for his film Taxi. He had secretly shot it in Iran and had it smuggled to Berlin. His niece received the Golden Bear. In 2012, Panahi was awarded the Sakharov Prize, one of the most important European human rights awards.
The 62-year-old filmmaker has been convicted of “making propaganda against the Islamic Republic”. Rasoulof was also convicted in 2010, but his sentence was reduced to a year in prison. The six years before Panahi remained intact.