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Berlin Film Festival focuses on Iran
Berlin Film Festival focuses on Iran

As the Berlin International Film Festival kicked off last week, the upheaval in Egypt was on everyone's lips here in the German capital. But it was the bitter aftermath of Iran's 2009 populist uprising that truly infused this year's Berlinale. The festival jury, headed by Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, was to include Iranian director Jafar Panahiwho won the festival's Silver Bear in 2006 for his film "Offside," about a group of women trying to sneak into a forbidden soccer game. But in December, Iranian authorities sentenced Panahi and fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to six years in prison for "propaganda against the system" for working on...

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