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‘You cannot imagine how crazy the system is’: Jafar Panahi’s film-maker son on Iranian censorship

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If there were one thing that might deter you from taking up your old man’s profession, it would surely be him being arrested, imprisoned, harassed and alienated for more than a decade for practising it. And then impri...

‘Here we are’: the Iranian photographer reframing refugees

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When photographer Ehsan Hazaveh takes portraits of former refugees in New Zealand, he does not click and walk away – in some cases, the process can take 10 months, and the subject of the photograph has nearly as much ...

Priti Patel accused of trying to deport former Iranian police officer to Rwanda

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Priti Patel has been accused of trying to deport a former senior Iranian police officer who fled to the UK after giving first-hand testimony of potential human rights violations by the Iranian government. Counsel for ...

Leila’s Brothers review – one woman, five misogynistic parasites in fierce Iranian drama

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Iranian film-maker Saeed Roustayi delivers a big, absorbing, character-driven family drama in the Italian-American style with fierce performances, a huge set-piece wedding scene and touches of Visconti’s Rocco and His...

Holy Spider review – Iranian crime thriller takes real case and makes it implausible

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Holy Spider is a serial killer procedural which takes the procedure further than usual, despite its deployment of some pretty familiar tropes. It goes beyond the denouement and the arrest, extending the murderer’s con...

Trump proposed deadly strike on top Iranian military figure, book says

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Shortly before the 2020 election, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, “stunned” the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff by saying the president wanted to kill a senior Iranian military officer ...

Atabai review – great man’s homecoming in sincere Iranian drama about love and loss

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Iranian actor-director Niki Karimi has created a very involved film, clotted with anger and pain, straining towards some emotional meaning or resolution which, for me, never satisfyingly emerges. She has co-written it...

Iranian ambassador to UK removed from post over hijab incident

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The Iranian ambassador to the UK has been ordered back to Tehran and is to be removed from his post after a video circulated showing an embassy reception at which some women did not have their heads covered. News of ...

Iranian refugees face deportation from Turkey for attending demonstration

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Three Iranian refugees are facing deportation from Turkey after taking part in a demonstration against Ankara’s withdrawal from the Istanbul convention on violence against women. Lily Faraji, Zeinab Sahafi and Ismail ...

Ballad of a White Cow review – engrossing Iranian death penalty thriller

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A woman outside a jail in Tehran asks to see her husband. Visiting hours have finished, the guard tells her. The woman pleads: “He’s about to be executed.” Inside, her husband looks up as she walks into his cell, sile...

‘The extremist media has tried to destroy me’: Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi

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Withdrawing your film from the Oscars would be career suicide for most directors, but in November Asghar Farhadi appeared to do precisely that. Shortly after Iran’s state-controlled film board put his movie, A Hero, u...

Iranian media claim Guards thwarted US attempt to capture oil tanker

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A US attempt to capture Iranian oil on a tanker in the Sea of Oman was thwarted by the intervention of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iranian news sites have claimed. According to the sometimes conflic...

New Iranian regional governor slapped in face at inauguration

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The new governor of a north-western Iranian province was slapped in the face by an angry man during his inauguration on Saturday in an unusual breach of security in the Islamic Republic. A motive for the attack in Ir...

Iranian regional mayor is slapped in the face during inauguration – video

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The new governor of a northwestern Iranian province was slapped in the face by an angry man during his inauguration on Saturday in an unusual breach of security in the Islamic Republic during a ceremony attended by th...

Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at London film festival

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A tender and unexpectedly funny story about a family’s road trip through the twisting desert highways and misty green valleys of northwestern Iran has won the most prestigious prize at this year’s London film festival...

Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr dies aged 88

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Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, who became Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic revolution before fleeing into exile in France, has died aged 88. He died on Saturday at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris following...

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