In this exclusive new Tavaana translation, award-winning Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi tells President Hassan Rouhani that the only way to bring audiences back to Iran's movie theaters is to let filmmakers practice their art freely, without censorship. While Rouhani asks directors to showcase "bright spots" in their films, Panahi describes a draconian system of permits that forces the vast majority of films to show only what government officials want to be seen. Those few which dare address Iran's harsh realities are kept out of theaters and denied distribution. As the renowned director poignantly explains: "The people’s lack of interest in film started when their rulers ordered them what to watch and what not to watch."
Read Jafar Pahani's letter in English here: http://bit.ly/1exk7xi