Milos Stehlik discusses the making of 'This is Not a Film'

April 13, 2012

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(Photo courtesy of Jafar Panahi)
Parts of Iranian director Jafar Panahi's 'This is Not a Film' were shot on an iPhone.

Smuggled out of Iran in a cake for its world premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, This is Not a Film documents Iranian director Jafar Panahi's arrest. The film captures his sly, passive-resistant defiance of the authorities, during which they shackle him with a six-year prison term and a 20-year ban on filmmaking. With the help of documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and his iPhone camera, Panahi converted the long hours of his house arrest into cinema for the mind, plotted out in words and gestures in his living room. Film contributor Milos Stehlik, founder of Facets Multi-Media, discusses the film.