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So Much For Iranian Arts

An Iranian director sentenced to 223 lashes for making a film that has never been officially shown in his homeland said Friday he just wanted to be left alone to work rather than "be turned into a hero".

Keywan Karimi ran into trouble with Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards over a documentary he shot called "Writing on the City" about graffiti in the capital Tehran.

He spent 15 days in solitary confinement in 2013 and was accused of making "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting religious values".

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