Iranian Filmmaker Fleeing Flogging, Prison Casts Dark Cloud Over Cannes Film Festival

Iranian Filmmaker Fleeing Flogging, Prison Casts Dark Cloud Over Cannes Film Festival


Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof said on Monday he has fled his native country after it sentenced him to eight years in prison, plus flogging, for “collusion to act against national security.”

Rasoulof is now a refugee in Europe, where he plans to attend the premiere of his film The Seed of the Sacred Fig at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Rasoulof denounced the terrorist-supporting Iranian theocracy in an Instagram post on Monday, taunting its tyrannical rules with a video of himself walking across the border to freedom. The location of the footage suggested he might have fled over the mountains into Turkey.

“If you think Iran’s borders are in your hands, you are in a happy dream,” he sneered. “If geographical

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