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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, a leading actress in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, has been banned from returning to Iran after the star actress posed nude for the French Magazine Madame Le Figaro earlier this week. Farahani has stated that she did the photo-shoot in protest of the strict cultural taboos regarding women and sexuality in Iran, and it is reportedly her defiant claim which elicited the banishment from authorities.

Farahami’s banishment allows for a chance to initiate a discussion of freedom of expression in Iran, as well as a wider discussion regarding women’s rights and the Muslim world.


Watch the Trailer of the Day:

A Separation

A 2011 Golden-Globe winning and Oscar-nominated film by Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi, which tells the story of an Iranian couple, Nader and Simin, and their daughter, Termeh; Nader wants to stay in Iran to care for his sick father, while Simin wants to leave the country in order to make a better life for their daughter.

Women in Shroud

This 2009 documentary exposes the dedicated efforts of activists in Iran to fight against the practice of stoning as a form of execution.

The Stoning of Soraya M

This powerful 2008 film shows the true story of a journalist stranded in a remote Iranian village, where he is approached by a woman who has an awful story that the world must hear.


Persepolis is a 2007 Academy Award nominated French animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s auto-biographical novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young woman’s experiences as she grows up in and around the years following the Iranian Revolution of 1979.