Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

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Internationally-acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director.

Taxi is reflexive, intelligent, and provocative, to be sure, and has lots to say about Iranian society in general and the fine art of dissidence in particular, but it’s also sort of a blast.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema. Taxi is a gently rebellious film, a blend of documentary and narrative that riffs on the contentious life of the artist in modern Iran. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Taxi is another modern classic from master director Jafar Panahi. (Dir. by Jafar Panahi, 2015, Iran, in Persian with subtitles, 82 mins., Not Rated)