The last weeks have seen a wave of arrests amongst the filmmaking and artistic communities in Tehran, with the iron grip of repression tightening itself around a courageous and growing number of individuals who have chosen to protest against a wide range of issues. This has been crystallised in recent days around the protesting against the disproportionate violence towards civilian protestors.
The Iranian authorities have arrested Mohamad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad over an appeal they posted on social media speaking out against the unproportionate repression of civil protestors. Jafar Panahi has then been arrested as he was protesting the detention of his colleagues at Tehran’s Evin prison.
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.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) calls for the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release film producer Çiğdem Mater.
On Monday, 25 April 2022, Çiğdem Mater was sentenced to 18 years in prison, together with six co-defendants, in what Amnesty International describes as “a travesty of justice of spectacular proportions”. The main accusation against Çiğdem is that she was trying to raise financing for a documentary project about the Gezi Park movement – a film which was never made.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk has set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Coalition and the Fund have been canvassing for funding and donations as soon as war broke out.
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.
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