Making a film is an act of faith, but to make one when cinema is illegal is even more daring. Mohammad Rasoulof's Manuscripts Don't Burn was shot on the sly because Iran has a twenty-year filmmaking ban. Rasoulof doubled down on his risk-taking with his subject matter, which imagines an Iranian regime so oppressive that no one can survive its presence. His defiant statement on political and civil oppression has been praised for it's cinematography as well as its sheer audacity.
Wed., Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m., 2014