Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Iranian Actress Will Get 90 Lashes for Film Role; Australian Film Blasts Iran's Hard-Line Policies

The Europe News website reports today (October 12, 2011) that an Iranian actress -- who stars in an Australian film that is critical of Iran's lifestyle -- has been sentenced to 90 lashes and one year in prison.

Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced for appearing in "My Tehran For Sale," which criticizes Iran's hard-line policies. It tells the story of a young actress whose stage work is banned by Iranian authorities.

Vafamehr often appears with a shaved head and no headscarf in the film.

The filmmakers and investors behind the film said they were "deeply shocked and appalled" by her sentence.

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