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Iranian films ‘My Tehran for Sale’ and ‘Persepolis’ result in lashings, protests

Post-revolution, the subject matter of Persian film moved from children, Persian culture, family tradition and other safe topics to what it was like to experience liberation from an oppressive regime.

This weekend, the fallout of those new subjects in cinema was keenly felt.

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Both films had been condemned in Iran.

The Independent reports that “My Tehran for Sale” had not been approved for screening in Iran and was distributed only illegally.

Vafamehr will get a year in jail in addition to 90 lashes for her role in the film.

Police arrest one of the 300 Tunisian Salafists who took part in the attack of the headquarters of a private TV station that aired “Persepolis.” (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

The film sparked controversy once again after Nessma TV re-broadcast it Friday night. The station had played it in an effort to restart debate about the role of religion in politics ahead of elections in Tunisia this month.

On Sunday, the station’s offices were attacked by dozens of Islamist demonstrators armed with clubs and knives who opposed the film being shown.

Watch a clip from “My Tehran for Sale”:

And “Persepolis”:


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