Magazine article Screen International

Jailed Mahnaz Mohammadi Films Moving Interview

Magazine article Screen International

Jailed Mahnaz Mohammadi Films Moving Interview

Article excerpt

Filmmaker and women's rights activist talks on camera the day before her prison sentence.

Calls are growing in the international film community for the release of jailed filmmaker and women's rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi, who began a five-year sentence on June 7 in Iran's notorious Evin jail, on charges linked to her documentary work.

In a moving, filmed interview the day before she entered prison, Mohammadi talked about her preparations and emotions ahead of her imminent imprisonment.

"These days I see everything as the end. Anywhere I go I think that this is the last time that I will see it again," she said.

"I try not to retreat into my memories. Once I am there, I won't want to think about the past. I want to live with myself in the present time. I don't want to spend my time harking back to the past and the suffering," she continued "Over the years I have tried to have the least possible ties because I knew these hard days were waiting for me. When you have less ties you can focus on yourself with more serenity."

Showing the small holdall of clothes and books she hoped to take to prison, Mohammadi revealed she had bought a copy of Anger Management for Dummies as well as books on philosophy, democracy and a book by a friend entitled Sexuality and Morality. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.