'My Tehran For Sale' 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Marzieh Vafamehr, an Iranian actress imprisoned for appearing in an Australian
film critical of the Islamic Republic, was freed after her sentence was reduced
to three months and the punishment of lashes was dropped, Amnesty International
reported on Saturday.
Vafamehr's original sentence of one year in prison
and 90 lashes was handed down in early October, drawing condemnation from
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Producers of the film, My Tehran for Sale
, Kate Croser and
Julie Ryan of Cyan Films, were pleased to hear of Vafamehr's release and issued
a joint statement. “As filmmakers we believe in freedom of speech and support
all artists who are imprisoned and punished in Iran for expressing themselves
through their art,” they said. Vafamehr had no role in the production of the
film beyond acting, producers said, The Sydney Morning Herald
The film, which was shot in Tehran, is about the censoring of
performing arts in the Islamic Republic. My Tehran For Sale
was banned in Iran
but black market copies have made their way into the country.