The Accordion, a short film by renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi, is about two young street musicians in Tehran, who represent a new generation that prefers solidarity over violence.
Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison on 20 December 2010. The judge also banned him from making films, giving interviews and leaving the country for the next twenty years. Panahi was indicted for screening a film that criticised the Iranian regime. In 2007, this highly acclaimed director of The Circle, The White Balloon and Offside, to name but a few, received the Cinema Unlimited Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award for his sharp-witted and charitable works.