Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Following the condemnation of Jafar Panahi’s “Closed Curtain” and its reception at the Berlin Film Festival, Iranian government officials have seized the passports of the film’s co-director, Kambuzia Partovi, and actor Maryam Moghadam.
In 2010, the Iranian government deemed Panahi’s work anti-government propaganda and imposed a 20-year ban on his filmmaking. Panahi, however, carefully circumvented the ban in 2011 with his “This is Not a Film” (a nod to Magritte’s “This is Not a Pipe”) and followed it with “Closed Curtain,” a film about a group of people being persecuted by government officials. The movie, largely considered to be a critique of the Iranian government, incensed Iranian officials after it won best screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival. Iranian cinema chief and deputy culture minister Javad Shamaqdari said, ”Making these films is illegal,” according to the ISNA news agency.
With passports confiscated, Partovi and Moghadam will not be able able to go abroad to promote the film, and Panahi remains under house arrest.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
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The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
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Sunrise from Expedition 36
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