Global film community urges Malaysian authorities to drop all investigations and acts of intimidation on FreedomFilmFest
On 2nd June, Anna Har the festival director of the FREEDOMFILMFEST, and cartoonist Amin Landak, were called in for questioning by the Indonesian police over the production and online screening of a short animated film on police torture entitled, “Chili Powder and Thinner”. On the same day, the police raided the office of FreedomFilmFest and Amin’s home, and confiscated computers, modems and other related equipment. Subsequently, on 6 July, four more
activists were called in for questioning. Three of them are members of SUARAM, a human rights organisation that co-produced the film, and the other was a guest speaker at the screening event.
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.
Artistic freedom is not a privilege – it is a human right. Standing in solidarity with our filmmaking colleagues and friends around the world, being deprived of their creative freedom has to be our honorable duty. Those who dare to risk their professional career and personal life for democracy and truth deserve our full respect and support.
Helen Mirren, actress, UK
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