Juliette Binoche's Tears Heard for Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi was released on a $200,000 bail from Iranian authorities yesterday. Steven Spielberg, Juliette Binoche, and others petitioned for his release.

It is easy to read between the lines here. Personally, I am moved that Cannes and Juliette Binoche would offer so much support for Panahi. It makes me want to move to France. Who knows? I just might.

"The White Balloon" directed by Jafar Panahi

Kiorastami mentions in the Cannes Press Conference for Certified Copy that when one imprisons an artist for their art, they are also imprisoning the art itself. Here (above) is a portion of Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon - a film that continues to be an influence on my life and work.

(More on Panahi & Censorship in Iranian Cinema)

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