Film Series: This is Not a Film

2011. Iran. Dir: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Documentary. 75 min.

Forbidden from making films by the Iranian state, Panahi shot this little firecracker in his apartment and had it smuggled out in a birthday cake. Starting as a humble document of the director’s life and ending as a sweeping political allegory, Panahi’s “effort” is sneakily brilliant and brilliantly sneaky, a courageous examination of the 21st century artist.

Tonight, September 26th. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. $5.