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Internationally acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami was unable to get a United States visa in time to attend the premiere of his new film at the New York Film Festival, prompting his friend and fellow director Aki Kaurismaki of Finland to boycott the festival in protest.
A ruling was handed down by an Iranian court earlier this month noting that teaching traditional Iranian dance corrupts the nation's youth. An Iranian-American dancer was banned from leaving Iran for 10 years and from giving dance classes for life.
For 14 years, Reza Khatibi was an Iranian living in exile in Paris, but he was not a political refugee.