Jafar Panahi Begins Hunger Strike

Jafar Panahi, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, has been imprisoned by the Iranian government for the past two months. Accused of creating an "anti-state-film" (as of yet unreleased) by authorities, he has been interrogated and kept from his family and lawyer for the past two months. In an effort to make known the injustice against him, Panahi has begun a hunger strike, which he says he will continue until he is released. Other filmmakers, such as Abbas Kiorastami, have spoken in support of Panahi without avail.

Panahi's most recent letter to his family and lawyer foretell brutal conditions and an unlikely release:

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