3 FACES (Se rokh)

Directed by Jafar Panahi
Iran | 2018 | 100 min



Saturday, April 6, 2019
 @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU

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  • Q&A moderated by Jeff Aziz, Pitt Professor of English

CO-PRESENTED WITH: Pitt's Film and Media Studies Program

CO-SPONSORED BY: Pitt's Global Studies Center


“With "3 Faces," the caged Panahi is determined to sing someone else's song, and in times like these, such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.”
– Jessica Kiang, Variety

3 FACES is Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking. The film follows well-known actress Behnaz Jafari--playing herself--as she becomes distraught after watching a provincial girl’s video plea for help. Through tears, the girl laments she is oppressed by her family, who will not let her pursue her studies at the drama conservatory in Tehran. Behnaz, fearing for the young girls life, abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi--playing himself--to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charmingS folk of the girl’s mountain village, but the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions may make their impromptu quest more difficult than they thought. Jafar’s intimate portrait of Tehran life in the mountains provides an insightful, and surprisingly humorous, portrayal of village culture. 3 FACES is a road trip worth taking.

Watch the trailer here.


  • Cannes Film Festival, 2018, Best Screenplay
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2018, Best Film
  • Hamburg Film Festival, 2018, Douglas Sirk Award
  • São Paulo International Film Festival, 2018, Leon Cakoff Prize


A key filmmaker of the Iranian New Wave, Jafar Panahi has achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, THE WHITE BALLOON (1995), which won the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Often recognized as one of the most influential Iranian filmmakers, Panahi is also known for THE CIRCLE (2000) and OFFSIDE (2006). Due to the content of his often humanistic films, Panahi was charged with propaganda and arrested by the Iranian government in 2010. He was sentenced to six-years in jail and given a 20-year ban on filmmaking, screenwriting, traveling outside the country, and giving interviews. Despite the restrictions, Panahi has made four feature films since the ban, including THIS IS NOT A FILM (2011) and TAXI TEHRAN (2015).