[Marxism] Fwd: Scenes from the Class Struggle in Iran

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 2 07:03:33 MDT 2015

Paradoxically, Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” is now the third film the Iranian 
director has made despite the twenty-year ban on making films imposed by 
his nation’s morality police. What keeps him out of prison, you might 
ask? It is likely a function of his enormous prestige. Since he is 
widely recognized as one of Iran’s leading directors along with Abbas 
Kiarostami, with whom he has written two films, and Asghar Farhadi, it 
would be unacceptable to put him in prison. As a sign of the delicate 
balance between acclaim and censure, the state-controlled Cinema 
Organisation, congratulated Panahi for winning the Berlin Film Festival 
while at the same time accusing it of undermining the Iranian state. Its 
top executive Hojjatollah Ayyubi stated, “I am delighted to announce 
that the director of Taxi continues to drive in the fast lane of his 
life, freely enjoying all of its blessings.


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