SENTENCED TO 223 LASHES FOR BEING A FILMMAKER
Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been sentenced to 223 lashes for making a film about graffiti that has never been officially shown in his homeland. "All I was doing was filming what was being written on the walls of Tehran," said the 33-year-old, who comes from the country's Kurdish minority. "I am not a political activist. I am not being sent to prison because I oppose the regime but because I am a filmmaker."