About Taxi Tehran

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is proud to screen Jafar Panahi’s Taxi Tehran. This film is part of The Seventh Art Stand, nation-wide series of screenings and discussions featuring films from Islamic counties. This series will take place in May as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. Jafar Panahi has directed short, documentary, and feature films and has won awards at film festivals across the globe. According to The Guardian, Panahi was threatened by the Iranian government after making several dramas about the challenges of everyday life in his country. He is now banned from traveling and from making films for 20 years. He has protested by working under the radar to make contraband film, including Taxi Tehran. This features the filmmaker posing as a taxi driver and talking to his passengers about the social challenges they face in Iran. Taxi Tehran won the Golden Berlin Bear and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. It’s also received five other awards and six additional nominations at festivals in the US and across the globe.