As a taxi driver, Jafar Panahi drives through the vibrant and colourful streets of Teheran. With a small camera on the dashboard, he films his open-hearted passengers while he interviews them. The result is a portrait, both comic and moving, of daily life in Iran’s capital city; the director’s personal indictment of his country’s censure regulations.
For films such as Closed Curtain, Offside, Crimson Gold, The Circle and The White Balloon, Panahi has won awards at many international festivals and he is regarded as one of the most important filmmakers worldwide. In December 2010 the Iranian regime placed him under house arrest for six years and forbade him from practising his profession for 20 years because he ‘was making propaganda against the Islamic Republic’. In spite of this, he has since made films and smuggled them out of the country. With Taxi Teheran, he was able to beat the ban for the third time. In Berlin the film was awarded the Golden Bear and won the Fipresci award as the choice of the International Federation of Film Critics.
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