'Saying things without appearing to have said them': politics and protest in Jafar Panahi's this is not a film (2011)

Griffiths, Trent 2015, 'Saying things without appearing to have said them': politics and protest in Jafar Panahi's this is not a film (2011), Studies in documentary film, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 28-41, doi: 10.1080/17503280.2014.1002249.

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Title 'Saying things without appearing to have said them': politics and protest in Jafar Panahi's this is not a film (2011)
Author(s) Griffiths, Trent
Journal name Studies in documentary film
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 41
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1750-3280
Keyword(s) Film making
Creative artist
Authoritarian society
Summary This article considers how Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film represents an artivist intervention in the landscape of Iranian censorship, working as both a form of personal testimony and of political protest in the act of its making. The (not)film, made while Panahi was under house arrest and banned from film-making and secreted out of Iran for release at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, is structured as a day-in-the-life video diary of Panahi's experience of house arrest, focusing on the personal frustrations and everyday consequences of living as a creative artist in an authoritarian society. Turning the camera on himself, Panahi self-reflexively considers what constitutes a film-maker and what constitutes a film, exploiting the blurred line between his presence in the frame as a (censored) author and as a (political) subject to make a film while simultaneously disavowing his authorial hand. Considered in terms of Hamid Naficy's analysis of contemporary Iranian films 'saying things without appearing to have said them', this article argues that Panahi's seemingly simple video diary enacts both a testimony of his specific experience of censorship and a protest against the terms of his sentence, forcefully linking personal experience and social politics through the act of film-making.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17503280.2014.1002249
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
1902 Film, Television And Digital Media
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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