The cinema of Jafar Panahi is often described as Iranian neo-realism. Regardless of how one chooses to categorize his powerful work, the unprecedented humanitarianism of Panahiís films cannot be denied. Panahiís cinema is urban, contemporary and rich with the details of human existence. Panahiís THE CIRCLE won the Golden Lion at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. The unsettling drama about the social dilemma of several modern Iranian women was named FIPRESCIís "Film of the Year" and appeared on Top 10 lists of critics worldwide.

Panahi debuted with 1995ís THE WHITE BALLOON, Camera díOr winner at the Cannes Festival. The story of a young girlís adventures as she seeks to buy a lucky goldfish for New Year, THE WHITE BALLOON marked the emergence of a new cinema talent. Panahiís 1997 film, THE MIRROR, received the Locarno Festivalís Golden Leopard, and confirmed the young directorís promise. CRIMSON GOLD was selected in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2003 where it won the Jury Prize. It went on to win a number of best film awards and opened to excellent critical response.

Filmography
1995 THE WHITE BALLOON
1997 THE MIRROR
2000 THE CIRCLE
2003 CRIMSON GOLD
2006 OFFSIDE