Please release and return to filmmaking

Filmmakers all over the world have called for the immediate release of six independent Iranian filmmakers arrested last month by the Iranian government on charges of espionage and treason for allegedly working with the BBC.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Cinema Editors and the Directors Guild of America, among others, said in a joint statement yesterday that the recent arrest of the filmmakers, the sentence of one year in jail and 90 lashes to an actress for playing a role in an acclaimed film, and house arrest of director Jafar Panahi demanded their attention. These filmmakers are not political combatants. Pleas release and return to filmmaking.

  • Cyan Films producers Julie Ryan and Kate Croser said they were not aware of the specifics of the charges but believed they related to scenes in the film in which Vafamehr appears without wearing the hijab.

    “The producers would like to emphasise that Marzieh’s involvement in the film was limited to her role as an actress and she was not in any other way involved in the behind-the-scenes filmmaking,” they said.

    They said the film was never intended to be distributed within Iran and its dissemination on the black market in Tehran has been totally outside their control.

    “We continue to offer our support to Marzieh and her family by respecting their wishes to let the case and the appeal follow the proper legal channels,” they said.

    SergeiOctober 23, 2011 10:19 pm

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