A film by Jafar Panahi
Taxi Teheran is a film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi.
After several years of conflict with the Iranian government over the content of his films , Panahi was arrested in March 2010 charged with propaganda against the Iranian government and sentenced to a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media, or from leaving the country. While awaiting the result of an appeal he made two films that managed to leave Iran under cover. In 2015 Panahi directed a new film, Taxi, where he is a taxi driver in Teheran. It shows the stories of the people he carries on his car showing a modern portrait of the city. Taxi premiered in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015 and won Golden Bear, the prize awarded for the best film in the festival.
Shortly after the film’s premiere at Berlin was announced, Panahi released an official statement in which he promised to continue making films despite the ban, so we asked some Italian actors and directors to read it in order to enforce and spread Panahi’s call to freedom.