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Jafar Panahi Given a Six-Year Jail Sentence

Jafar Panahi Given a Six-Year Jail Sentence (photo)

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Jafar Panahi, of “The White Balloon,” “Crimson Gold” and “Offside,” is one of major Iranian filmmakers — though his films are banned in Iran, and his support of the Iranian Green Movement has made him a persecuted figure in his own country. Last year he was arrested and temporarily jailed for his participation in a post-election rally in Tehran, his passport revoked. He was imprisoned again in March and not released on bail until late May, his chair on the Cannes jury left empty for him in his absence.

Today he was “convicted of gathering, colluding and propaganda against the regime,” according to the Guardian. His lawyer reports that he “is therefore sentenced to six years in prison and also he is banned for 20 years from making any films, writing any scripts, travelling abroad and also giving any interviews to the media including foreign and domestic news organisations.” It’s absolutely enraging — not only his imprisonment, but the attempt to entirely silence him as an artist, an activist and a man who’s earned immense respect and attention on the world stage. It is an unacceptable act of censorship.

When Panahi was last jailed, Coppola, the Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Spielberg, Scorsese and many other giants of the film community signed a petition calling for his release, and I expect major outrage to follow today’s announcement. In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from Panahi’s last finished film, a short entitled “The Accordion,” which, like all of his work, weaves political themes and small scale observational dramas into a rich humanist tapestry.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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