Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to 90 lashes for her role in the 2009 Australian film My Tehran for Sale. The actress, who was arrested in July and sentenced by the court this past weekend, appeared in the movie without a headscarf on and a shaved head, and the story involved both drug use and an observation of Iran’s oppressive ways.
In a cruel twist of irony, Vafamehr played the lead in the film, also named Marzieh, an actress in Tehran whose theatre work is banned by the government, forcing her to lead a secret life in order to pursue her passions. One night she meets a fellow Iranian named Saman who now resides in Australia and offers her a chance to also escape the everyday fears of being who you want to be that come with living there.
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The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the sentencing, saying “In an outcome that could have been lifted from the pages of the movie’s script…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.”
Director Granaz Moussavi had no response to the situation, as he is respecting the wishes of Vafamehr’s family.