Iranian Actress Released From Jail

Posted Tuesday 01 Nov 2011

Marzieh Vafamehr, who appeared in a film critical of Iran's repressive policies, has had her harsh sentence lifted. An Iranian court has overturned the lashing sentence imposed an an actor after she appeared in a film critical of the Islamic republic's repressive policies, according to Amnesty International. Marzieh Vafamehr, who appeared with her head uncovered in the film My Tehran for Sale, was released from prison after her sentence of one year in prison and 90 lashes was overturned on appeal. Amnesty said Vafamehr was released on Monday night, although there has been no report on her case in Iranian media. This story in the Guardian has more.

Speaking of Iranian media, check out this article in the Tehran Times, which talks about cinema-going in a rather more poetic way than we're used to. (It also includes some information about women in Iranian film.)