Detroit Film Theatre

Special Presentation: THIS IS NOT A FILM

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Iran/2011—directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi)

In 2010, the great Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold) was convicted of “assembly and collusion against the Iranian regime” and sentenced to six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking. While appealing his sentence he was placed under house arrest in his Teheran apartment; that’s when documentarian and friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb recorded one day in the persecuted director’s life using a compact digital camera and an iPhone. Panahi discusses his career and then passionately describes the planned film he now fears he will never make, all as the day-to-day activities of “normal” city life go on around him. This is Not a Film has been described as both an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction. Necessarily modest in means, it is a surprising, moving and remarkably important record of an artist in turmoil, as well as a reflection on the nature of the creative process. Toronto and New York Film Festivals. In Farsi with English subtitles. (75 min.)

"A subtle, strange and haunting work of art... a masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times 

This is Not a Film is quietly devastating.” Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

The DFT’s Crystal Gallery Café will be closed during September and the first two weeks of October due to glass and metalwork restoration of the café’s three monumental windows. Please excuse our dust while we complete this exciting project, the finished work will help to preserve the historic ironwork window frames of Samuel Yellin, and give visitors a beautiful view of the night sky and midtown museum campus along John R. During construction, beverages and light snacks will be continue to served on the ground floor in the central Loggia space near the theater entrance.

Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 PM