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  • Jun 28, 2024

139 Main News: Celebrated Filmmaker Flees 
Iran After Conviction

Portrait of MOHAMMAD RASOULOF. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

On May 8, hours after an Iranian court sentenced the award-winning Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof to eight years in prison, he announced he had fled to Europe. According to his lawyer, the court found him guilty of “collusion against national security.” In addition to the lengthy detention, he was facing a flogging, a fine, and the confiscation of his property. Rasoulof’s latest work, The Seed of the Sacred Fig (2024), debuted at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 25 and won the Fipresci special jury prize for “drawing attention to unsustainable injustice.” 

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