Film festival in Iran banned for photo of veiled woman

Iranian authorities banned a film festival that had posted a photo of an actress uncovered on its launch poster, compulsory for women in the Islamic Republicaccording to official media.

“The culture minister personally issued an order to end the 13th edition of the Isfa Short Film Festival, after it used the image of an unveiled woman on its advertising poster,” Iran’s official Irna news agency reported.

the festival was founded in 2008 by the Trade Union Association of Iranian Short Film Makers (Isfa) and is celebrated in Tehran.

To present its next edition, scheduled for September, the Isfa Festival had put on the billboard a photo of the Iranian actress Susan Taslimi in the film “The death of Yazdguerd”, released in 1982.

According to a law in force since 1983, four years after the Islamic Revolution, Iranian and foreign women, whatever their religion, must wear a headscarf and a loose dress in public.

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