Marzieh Vafamehr

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Marzieh Vafamehr
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Marzieh Vafamehr in Belly's Suction short film
OccupationActress and Filmmaker

Marzieh Vafamehr (Persian: مرضیه وفامهر‎) is an Iranian independent filmmaker and actress living in Tehran.[1] She is married to the film director and screenwriter Nasser Taghvai. Vafamehr was arrested on 29 June 2011, reportedly due to her acting in Granaz Moussavi's 2009 Iranian-Australian film My Tehran for Sale that is critical of her native Iran.[2] She was released on 24 October 2011, after posting unspecified bail.[3] It was reported that she was sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in prison for appearing in the movie as an actress whose work is banned by the Iranian authorities.[4] On 27 October 2011, Amnesty International reported that an Iranian appeals court had reduced Vafamehr's prison sentence to three months and overturned the flogging sentence.[5] Eventually Vafamehr was released after 118 days, but she was banned from making or playing in films and any forms of cultural activities as well as from leaving Iran.




  1. ^ Payvand, Iran News (7 August 2011). "Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr Arrested". Payvand Iran News. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  2. ^ Australia concern for Iranian actress 'facing lashing'
  3. ^ Pantiss, Sonia (10 October 2011). "Marzieh Vafamehr condemned to a year in prison and 90 lashes". Belle News. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Report: Iranian actress faces jail, lashing." AP, 10 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Release of Iranian actress highlights plight of detained filmmakers". Amnesty International. Retrieved 13 November 2011.

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