Taxi Tehran

This film is part of The Seventh Art Stand, nation-wide series of screenings and discussions featuring films from Islamic counties. This series will take place in May as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia.

Jafar Panahi has directed 15 short, documentary, and feature films and has won awards at film festivals across the globe. According to The Guardian, after making several dramas about the challenges of everyday life in his country, Panahi was threatened with imprisonment by the Iranian government, which prevented him from travelling and banned him from making films for 20 years. He has protested by working under the wire to make contraband film, including Taxi Tehran. This features the filmmaker posing as a taxi driver and talking to his passengers about the social challenges they face in Iran.

Taxi Tehran won the Golden Berlin Bear and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. It’s also received five other awards and six additional nominations at festivals in the US and across the globe.

To open this event  we will be screening a collection of local, short films made through The Instant Gratification Movie Challenge. The movie challenge happens every month in Bloomington, and it is open to all, people are invited to create a short film inspired by the month’s theme. To tie in with The Seventh Art Stand and our screening here at the Theater, this month’s theme is “Arrivals/Departures”. If you would like to find out more please visit their website at monthlymoviechallenge.com.

Taxi Tehran