Marzieh Vafamehr

Marzieh Vafamehr, an Iranian filmmaker and actress who has been detained since last July for acting in the film My Tehran for Sale, has been sentenced to one year in jail and 90 lashes.

The Kaleme opposition website reports that Vafamehr’s lawyer has appealed the decision, and the provincial appellate court is now reviewing the case.

My Tehran for Sale, a film by exiled Iranian poet and filmmaker Geranaz Mousavi, was made in Iran as a university project.

The film depicts the life of a young Iranian artist living on her own in Tehran and later deciding to leave Iran after meeting a young Iranian man who has recently returned from Australia. The film deals with various social problems faced by the young woman. Vafamehr appears in certain parts of the film with a shaved head and no head scarf.

Vafamehr is married to the prominent Iranian filmmaker Nasser Taghvayi, who previously announced that all the people involved in making the film have been released except his wife.