Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi (Persian: جعفر پناهی ‎; born July 11, 1960 Meyaneh, East Azarbaijan) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter and film editor. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi first achieved international recognition with his feature film debut The White Balloon in 1995, which won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Panahi was quickly recognized as one of the most influential filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave movement. Although his films were often banned in his own country, he continued to receive international acclaim from film theorists and critics and has won numerous awards, including the Golden Leopard at the 1997 Locarno International Film Festival for The Mirror, the Golden Lion at the 2000 Venice Film Festival for The Circle and the Silver Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival for Offside. His films are often noted for their humanistic perspective, often focusing on the hardships of children, the impovershed and women in Iran.

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