44rd edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Protest against conviction Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof

<strong>White Meadows</strong>
<strong>The White Balloon</strong>
The International Film Festival Rotterdam adds free screenings of films by Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof to the festival’s programme. On the festival’s website, the IFFR posts portraits of festival visitors holding name cards of both filmmakers as a protest against their conviction.

Last December, Jafar Panahi and his fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof were sentenced by a Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment. They were also banned from making films for a period of twenty years(!).

The White Balloon
In the eyes of the Iranian regime, it seems that even an innocent children’s film like The White Balloon, in which a 7-year-old child does everything possible to recover the money to buy a goldfish before New Year, is a threat to the state. In protest at these events, the IFFR is organising a free screening of this charming film, once withdrawn as an Oscar submission by Iran.

White Meadows
In this surreal, poetic drama, the old fisherman Rahmat travels to the salt islands to collect the tears of the inhabitants, in the hope that these tears will one day turn to pearls. The IFFR is organising a free screening with the Global Film Initiative. The White Meadows is part of the Global Lens 20011 series. For further info, see globalfilm.org.

The White Balloon - Jafar Panahi
Vr 4 19:30 PA3

White Meadows - Mohammad Rasoulof
Za 5 17:15 PA3

The IFFR protests agains the conviction of the Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. See more.

Jafar Panahi Mohammad Rasoulof
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