The Circle

  • The Circle
  • Nargess Mamizadeh
  • Directed by Jafar Panahi

The Circle, from the gifted Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon), is a political fireball that's banned in Iran. Beginning in a maternity ward and ending in a police station, the film shows a circle of women who struggle against a restrictive male power structure that makes their lives a prison. With a simplicity that belies his theme, Panahi creates a raw, riveting film that pulls you up short.

From The Archives Issue 415: February 16, 1984