It's hard to rate a film that claims to not be a film, yet Panahi brings you into a world in which he is unable to film, and describes his vision for his newest film. Ballsy, raw, and questions the audience, what is a film?
this felt so real? raw? existentially awesome? yeah. it shows so much more than just a filmmaker being banned from making films. at one point i started crying because you can clearly see how passionate he is about making films. when i was watching i started to get this feeling like i wasn't supposed to be watching, it gets so personal sometimes and it feels like you're spying. it was top-notch production.
Banned from making films for 20 years and facing a 6 year prison term, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi made this document of his days under house arrest with the help from some of his friends. A searing work, in which he discusses what the film that got him in trouble might have looked like, and his life behind the camera. It may not be a film by Panahi's definition, but it's a powerful, essential act of defiance.
Conveys the passion of an artist that few films can, and the lengths that they will go to convey their ideas, even when restricted so severely. The final 20 minutes make for electric cinema, proving that real life is often far more spectacular and wonderful than fiction.
It's unfortunate that this film(or non film?) isn't widely available. I had to get this film through 'other means' but it was worth it. As I expected, this is a very important doc even though on the surface it's just a 'day in the life' of Jafar Panahi. My only issue with it is that I didn't want it to end. At times sobering and devastating but it also has some genuine moments of humor.