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February 27, 2011

Centre for Friends of Iranian Culture: Offside

Approaching the International Women's Day, The Centre for Friends of Iranian Culture is proud to screen the movie Offside, by Jafar Panahi, on Thursday, March 3 
from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, at Pauline- Boutal Hall, 
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Center, 340 Provencher Boulevard. 

Tickets are $10 
100% of the net donated to the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ). 
For tickets call 
Marzieh at 509-4995 
Allan at 899-1347

On 20 December 2010 Panahi was handed a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on making or directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media as well as forced to leave the country.

Offside, which is in Farsi language (with English subtitles), has won the Silver Bear award in Berlin Film Festival, and has been the official selection in several other film festivals. 
The movie is about a group of Iranian girls who attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a football match.  Some get caught and arrested since, after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums.
This film, as other films of Jafar Panahi, is banned in Iran.

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Prior to the screening, Jayne Stoyles, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) will speak at an event sponsored by the Canadian International Council (CIC) Winnipeg Branch on "The International Criminal Court and War Crimes Cases in Canada”.

This presentation is in English, at 6:30 pm 
Admission Free
Empire Hall
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Center, 340 Provencher Boulevard

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