Iranian Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Sentenced to Five Years

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On June 7th award-winning filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi began serving a five year sentence in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison. She was convicted of “plotting against state security” and collaborating with BBC Persian, both of which Mohammadi denies. In 2011 the filmmaker was detained and imprisoned for a month after the release of her film We Are Half of Iran’s Population. In the above video, recorded on June 6, Mohammadi speaks about her impending imprisonment.

In the past two months Iran has arrested or questioned at least ten other journalists.

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Olivia Stransky is an editorial assistant and video editor for Sampsonia Way. She received her B.A. in literature and film from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. While a student, she worked as the editor-in-chief of Glacial Erratic, Simon’s Rock’s literary and arts magazine. After graduating she received a grant to serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Slovakia, where she taught English literature and conversation at Univerzita Komenského in Bratislava.

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