In Their Words — Friday, November 15, 2012

Mina Mohammad Khani filming Jafar Panahi on the set of The Mirror (1997)

When a filmmaker does not make films it is as if he is jailed. Even when he is freed from the small jail, he finds himself wandering in a larger jail. The main question is: why should it be a crime to make a movie? A finished film, well, it can get banned but not the director.

—Jafar Panahi