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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Support Iranian Filmmakers Mina Keshavarz and Firouzeh Khosravani

On the morning of 10 May, internationally renowned Iranian documentary filmmakers Mina Keshavarz and Firouzeh Khosravani were arrested in Tehran after their homes were searched and their personal and professional belongings such as mobile phones, harddrives and laptops were confiscated. On 17 May, Keshavarz and Khosravan were released on bail and banned from leaving the country for 6 months. There has been no official charge since their arrest.
Firouzeh Khosrovani is a graduate of Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and holds an MA in journalism from Iran. In 2020, her RADIOGRAPHY OF A FAMILY won best feature at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA). Mina Keshavarz’ filmography includes PROFESSION: DOCUMENTARIST, about seven women filmmakers; BRAVING THE WAVES, and THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER which won best feature documentary at Busan Film Festival in 2020.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) remains extremely disturbed by continued reports of arrests of filmmakers in Iran and demands an end to a growing environment of fear and insecurity in which filmmakers live and work.

“Putting such world-class filmmakers in a suspended state of “release on bail” prevents them from travelling, working, or contributing to both the international and the Iranian cultural life. This is already a drastic measure aimed at artists whose work shows the most loving and respectful image of Iranian art and culture to the whole world. An image that breaks down barriers of stereotyping and prejudice. Such measures are dangerous, and such artists deserve to be treasured, not persecuted. Furthermore, they are not alone! Filmmakers around the world will stand by their side and protect their freedom and safety”, said Orwa Nyrabia, ICFR Chairman.

Although our colleagues Mina Keshavarz and Firouzeh Khosravani have been released on bail, the ICFR will be observing the situation of these two filmmakers closely as well as any other arrests in the wake of recent events.

Founded by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the European Film Academy, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk’s mission is to advocate for and to act in solidarity with filmmakers at risk. The Coalition acts in cases of persecution or threats to the personal safety of these filmmakers and will defend their right to continue their work, by mobilising the international film community.

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