Mitra Farahani

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Mitra Farahani (Persian: میترا فراهانی‎, (born 1975,[1] Tehran) is an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and painter who lives in Paris.

She was arrested on June 17, 2009 by the Iranian government, on her arrival in Tehran from Paris and held in Evin prison. It is said that her arrest is linked to the crackdown of opposition by the Iranian regime following the presidential election and also making the regime angry by making some non-Islamic films outside Iran.[2][3]

The Iranian government released her from prison on 30 June.[2]

Mitra has directed several films including Ziarat (2005), Just a Woman (2002) and Tabous - Zohre & Manouchehr (2004) and Fifi Howls from Happiness (2012), a documentary about Iranian painter, sculptor and theatre director, Bahman Mohasses.[4]

Her "Just a Woman" film won a Teddy Award in 2002.

In 2014 she was selected as a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

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