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In the picture above, prominent Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi appears at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006, long before he was jailed at Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

And below, Panahi sits at home after leaving prison on May 25. He was released after he went on hunger strike for more than a week to protest against his imprisonment.

Panahi was freed on bail of about $200,000. He had been in jail since March.

The charges against him are not clear.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.