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Berlin Film Festival Invites Iranian Ex-Detainee To Join Jury

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (file photo)

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (file photo)

The Berlin Film Festival says it has invited Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who is on bail after three months in a Tehran jail, to serve on its jury in February.

Panahi went on a hunger strike to protest the conditions of his detention after his March 1 arrest and was released from Tehran's Evin prison on May 25 after posting bail of 2 billion rials ($200,000).

The charges against Panahi were not announced, but Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini said in April that he was detained for making an "anti-regime" film about the postelection unrest last year.

compiled from agency reports