11 Oct '11, 2am

Iran sentences film actress to 90 lashes | The Envoy - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Iran sentences film actress to 90 lashes | The Envoy - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

(Bonnie Elliott/Sydney Morning Herald) An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian actress to one year in jail and 90 lashes related to her role in an Australian-made film portraying social alienation, artistic repression and drug use in Iran, according to an Iranian opposition website. "In an outcome that could have been lifted from the pages of the movie's script"--"My Tehran for Sale "--the film's lead actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, "was arrested in July and received her sentence at the weekend, according to reports quoting Iranian opposition website kalameh.com," the Sydney Morning Herald reported . In the 2009 film, Vafamehr portrays a Tehran actress whose theater work is banned by the authorities and is thus driven to Tehran's cultural underground. Ultimately, she contemplates whether to leave Iran for exile abroad. "Vafamehr often appears with a shaved head and no headsca...

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