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Iran to free hunger strike film director

Iran to free hunger strike film director
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Award-winning Iranian film director Jafar Panahi is reportedly about to be freed from jail, where he has been on hunger strike for more than a week.

Panahi, a supporter of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi in last year’s presidential election, was arrested in March along with his wife and daughter.

Juliette Binoche paid tribute to Panahi during her Best Actress acceptance speech at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, saying “his fault is to be an artist, to be independent.”

Panahi’s family has already been freed. It remains unclear when, however, he himself will leave jail.

Panahi is alleged to have been planning to make an anti-government film on the election and the violent suppression of opposition protests in the weeks that followed.