Tuesday, 11 October 2022
Solidarity with the People of Iran
We, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk, hereby declare our full and heartfelt solidarity with all those in Iran who stand up for their basic human rights and the freedom of expression.
This is a revolution which was sparked off by women and which unites all the ethnic, religious, and social parts of the population; a revolution for a free and worthy life, liberated from the ruling of hateful autocrats who have used every tool for suppression, oppression and atrocity; from terror to prison and execution to suppress the people of Iran and to bury them and their dreams of a decent life.
We call on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally stop the use of any force and violence, to release all those arrested during the protests, and to allow the people of Iran to design the society they wish to live in. We encourage all film and culture institutions around the world to do the same.
The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk*
Berlin International Film Festival
Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN America
International Human Rights Film Festival One World
*founded by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam and European Film Academy