An Iranian actress has reportedly been sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for her role in a film critical of the Islamic republic.
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11 Oct 2011 - 12:45 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:09 PM

Iranian opposition website Kalameh.com announced that Marzieh Vafamehr, the co-star of a South Australian film production, My Tehran for Sale, had been sentenced following her June arrest, Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported.

The film was shot on location in Iran and focuses on the bans imposed on theatre work, according to IMDB. It was jointly-funded by the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival.

"The accusations against Marzieh have no grounds," said Granaz Moussavi, the film's director. "All the documentation has been provided to the Iranian Court to show that permits were in place for the production of the film.”

The film's producers, Julie Ryan and Kate Croser, issued a joint statment: "As producers of the film My Tehran for Sale we would like to express our deep shock and sadness at the sentence imposed by the Iranian government against actress Marzieh Vafamehr and we continue to offer our support to Marzieh and her family by respecting their wishes to let the case and the appeal follow the proper legal channels.”

Croser earlier told the Adelaide Advertiser that it was unclear whether critical commentary in the West would hamper the planned appeal to the sentence.

"There is an appeal which could be lengthy and the family may still believe that public comment will be unhelpful because they are going through all the official channels," she told the paper.

Opposition Iran Green Voice reported at the time of her arrest that scenes showing Vafamehr without a veil were likely to have angered authorities.