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Since I posted that last item on filmmaker Jafar Panahi's status in Iran, the shit there has started to hit the fan. Protests over the weekend have erupted with thousands of demonstrators, violent clashes with the police, and at least ten dead. Once again, Iran's filmmakers are active informing the world of what's going on, with the great director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who has found refuge in Paris, posted an item on  his website reporting the apparent assassination of the nephew of opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi.

As for Panahi, I could find  nothing new on his status on Google. However, at this time it seems like everyone in Iran is a filmmaker. As Panahi told me when I interviewed him  last September, "even though filmmakers can't make movies, now we have thousands of amateur filmmakers in the streets of Tehran who can make movies with their cell phones ...  and put them on line." Movies like this.


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