Solidarity screening of ‘Offside’

pic frontWith comedy from Shappi Khorsandi and an introduction by John McDonnell MP. The event is co-sponsored by the Labour Representation Committee (click here to read their letter, urging support for the event). For details of screenings in Glasgow and Manchester, click here)

Wednesday, May 12, 6pm. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1

Jafar Panahi – the well known Iranian film maker – was arrested on March 1 and is still being held without any charges. He has twice been offered bail, but has refused in solidarity with all those incarcerated for their participation in the mass demonstrations against the regime that have shaken Iran since June 2009.

The Hopi showing of the director’s most popular film in the West – ‘Offside’ – is an important opportunity to raise the profile of Panahi and step up the pressure on the regime in Tehran. We believe that international solidarity of this sort – not the threat of military strikes or sanctions – is the way to deliver effective aid to the struggle of ordinary people in Iran for freedom and social change.

  • Please let us know if you can distribute leaflets and we’ll send you some. Maybe your union branch is planning a mailout soon?
  • Even if you can’t come, perhaps you could sponsor the event by making a donation? You can do so on
  • You could also try to get your organisation/trade union branch to sponsor the event.

Tickets: £10 (£20 solidarity, £5 unwaged). All profits go to the charity ‘Workers Fund Iran’. Please buy your ticket via Paypal here or by sending a cheque/postal order to PO Box 54631, London N16 8YE

You can also get a new copy of the film from us – we recommend a donation of £10 to cover all costs. Just add the amount when you’re paying.


  1. im interested in attending the event of the screening of agha jafar panahi film “offside” and the peformance by shappi khorsandi on wed 12th may 2010 @ soho theatre.

    i am unemployed and require two tickets for myself and a friend, what proof do you need from me, to get the unwaged tickets, and does one recieve them in the post or are they collected from the theatre.

    kind regards

    munawar amiri

    p.s i went onto the soho website but they are not showing the event advertised so is it still on, many thanks

  2. Greetings.

    In solidarity with Jafar Panahi and other Iranian political prisoners, Teesside University’s ‘World and Arthouse Cinema Society’ recently showed Panahi’s film ‘Offside’, with ‘The Circle’ scheduled in for next month.

    Offside went down really well on the big screen, attracting an audience of roughly 20 people.

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