Friday, 5 May 2023
Let Mohammad Rasoulof Go!
ICFR Protests Travel Ban Against Iranian Filmmaker
The Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been prevented from leaving his home country.
This comes shortly after fellow Iranian director Jafar Panahi could leave Iran after a travel ban against him was lifted.
Both have repeatedly gotten into conflict with the Iranian authorities, had their passports confiscated and been jailed. Last year, the Iranian authorities arrested Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad over an appeal they posted on social media speaking out against the unproportionate repression of civil protestors. Jafar Panahi was then arrested as he was protesting the detention of his colleagues.
Now one can travel, the other not.
ICFR calls on the Iranian authorities to drop the travel ban against Mohammad Rasoulof and we encourage all film and culture institutions around the world to do the same.