Jafar Panahi

Dissident Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi arrested

Award-winning dissident Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi was arrested Monday, the third director to be detained in less than a week, the Mehr news agency said.

Panahi, 62, has won a slew of awards at international festivals for films that have critiqued modern Iran, including the top prize in Berlin for "Taxi" in 2015, and best screenplay at Cannes for his film "Three Faces" in 2018.

Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival (Photos)

Jafar Panahi, the Iranian dissident director who is banned from making films by the Iranian state has won this year's Berlinale Golden Bear for his film "Taxi."

In his film, that was described as a masterpiece by the critics, the Iranian director stars as a taxi driver engaging his passengers in dialogue as he drives them through the streets of Tehran.