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Kurdish-Iranian director was sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes for including a kissing scene in his latest film.
The scene was never actually filmed after the actress backed out.
Kurdish director Kaiwan Karimi has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by a judge of the 28th branch of Iran’s revolutionary court.
Muhammad Moghise, the judge presiding over the ruling said that Karimi had insulted the scared values and promoted illegitimate relations and contact through kissing.
In addition to the tough prison sentence, he is to receive 223 lashes.
In a rare telephone conversation with Rudaw Karimi, 30 and a native of the Kurdish city of Baneh, rejected the accusations and decried his sentencing.
“I’ve made a film about the government, social conditions, graffiti on the walls and the working class,” he said. “It is for people to judge my films. I don’t know why I should be punished like this.”
Karimi’s lawyer, Amir Raisyan said that the director has been sentenced for an idea and nothing more.
According to Raisyan, Karimi received the harsh sentence for a scene that he intended to film.
“He wanted to film a scene but because he didn’t reach an agreement with the actress it didn’t happen,” Raisyan told Rudaw.
originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: infolurker
Ewww, the gateway pundit is awful. Have any other source?
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An award-winning Iranian filmmaker whose work focuses on the travails of modern life and political expression in the Islamic Republic has been sentenced to six years in prison and to 223 lashes over his films.
"I don't know what happened that I should go to jail for six years," Karimi told The Associated Press. "I speak about the government, I speak about society, I speak about (graffiti), I speak about a laborer.
"Watch my movies and ... (then) judge me."
Both Karimi and his lawyer Amir Raeisian say a court on Saturday sentenced the filmmaker on charges of "insulting sanctities" in Iran, whose elected government is ultimately overseen by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The footage involved both a "video clip" and a film he directed called "Writing on the City," which focuses on political graffiti in Iran from its 1979 Islamic Revolution to its contested 2009 election.
In May 2014, authorities arrested a group of young Iranian men and women for a video of them dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.” While the arrests drew widespread criticism, including from the musician himself, those involved each received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes.
Meanwhile, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, has been detained in Iran for 14 months and was recently convicted on charges that include espionage. He reportedly faces up to 20 years in prison.
For Karimi, he said his case made no sense as Tehran University had supported his work on filming and producing “Writing on the City.” In the time since, however, he said the university students involved in the project have shunned him over the trouble he’s seen, including when authorities raided his home and destroyed some of the hard drives and a laptop holding his work.
“I don’t know what will happen,” he said Tuesday. “I’m really shaken about this judgment.”
Karimi said another of his films, the short documentary “Broken Border,” also may have angered officials. That movie focuses on the smuggling of Iran’s subsidized gasoline over the snowy Zagros Mountains separating the Islamic Republic from Kurdistan in Iraq.
The 18-minute movie needs only the film’s one scene of dialogue in a rural classroom to explain it.
“Now what is a border?” a teacher asks.
A young student responds: “A border is where goods are smuggled.”
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneedi could argue though that the system in the west does not really rehabilitate either if anything it furthers a persons criminal career......
Which one is civilised though?