No Bears 

Drama | Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish with English subtitles | 92 minutes


No Bears opens on a cobblestone street in an Iranian town close to the Turkish border. Beer is being served and the women’s hair is uncovered. This would not be allowed in Iran so director Jafar Panahi must film  this undercover. As Panahi is filming he encounters Iranians desperately looking to flee the country to the safety of western Europe.  Panahi’s assistant director urges Panahi to escape Iran while he can, but Panahi refuses, which proves to be an unfortunate  mistake.

No Bears was filmed undercover and featured Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, Bakhtiar Panjei and Mina Kavani
Why Stream This Film?
 New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote: “There may no living filmmaker who has considered the practical and philosophical implications of the art form – the work of shooting and cutting; the pleasure and anxiety of watching – as rigorously or as insightfully as the Iranian director Jafar Panahi.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 92
  • Venice Film Festival: Winner,Jury Prize; Nominated, Golden Lion (Best Film)
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Director (Jafar Panahi)
  • Chicago International FilmFestival: Nominated, Best Film
  • No Bears received a perfect 100% RottenTomatoes score.
Panahi is more than halfway into a 20-year ban on making movies, not that he has let that stop him. He has directed five features under these circumstances, all have been brilliant, but NO BEARS transcends them as both outlawed artistry and a moral interrogation of that art itself.
Bob Strauss

San Francisco Chronicle

It’s unfathomable how vital and how good Panahi’s work continues to be. NO BEARS may be the best film of them all.
Alison Willmore


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