Articles & Notes — October 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Iranian actress Pegah Ahangarani sentenced to 18 months in prison

pegah-ahangaraniIranian justice system continues its pressure on artists, as recently Iranian court sentenced actress Pegah Ahangarani to 18 months in prison, according to IRNA news agency.

Ahangarani was sentenced to prison because of some of her social activities, political statements, and interviews to foreign media outlets.

Ahangarani has been detained twice since the protests in 2009 over the disputed re-election of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but she was released without publicly announced charges.

Ahangarani’s mother, Manijeh Hekmat said that her daughter has been banned from leaving the country for the past three years. Further on, Hekman dismissed rumors on her daughter being arrested, saying that the family will appeal the court’s sentence.

Ahangarani appeared in 11 Iranian feature films since 2001. She has won an award for supporting role in “Trapped” film, at Iranian Fajr Festival in February 2013.

The Chicago Film Festival is currently showing Ahangarani’s latest film, “Darband,” about a university female student who becomes the roommate of a young woman wrestling with financial problems. Ahangarani was not able to attend due to her ban on leaving Iran.

The actress also won the “best actress” award for “The girl in sneakers” film at the 23rd Cairo International Film Festival in December of 1999.

Iran has shown some signs of easing political restrictions since the moderate-leaning Rouhani took office in August.

Dozens of prisoners held on political charges have been freed, and a prominent artistic center known as the House of Cinema has reopened.

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