European Film Organisations Call for Freedom of Iranian Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof
The European Film Academy (EFA) recently published a press release expressing their deepest concern regarding the imminent incarceration of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof. A number of organisations of the European film sector have joined the call for freedom for Rasoulof who has been sentenced to one year in prison by Iranian authorities.
The European Film Academy, The Cannes Film Festival, the Deutsche Filmakademie, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Filmfest Hamburg, the IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the Netherlands Film Fund and the Accademia del cinema italiano-Premi David di Donatello have jointly expressed their deepest concern about the forthcoming imprisonment of Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof.
Rasoulof previously won awards at Cannes and, just recently, a Golden Bear at the 70th Berlinale for his latest work "There Is No Evil" which, like his previous films, casts a critical eye on the consequences of life under authoritarian rule.
"Summoning me to serve my prison sentence only reveals a small fraction of the intolerance and anger that is characteristic of the Iranian regime’s response to criticism. Many cultural activists are in prison for criticizing the government. The widespread and uncontrollable spread of the Covid-19 virus in Iranian prisons seriously endangers their lives. These conditions call for an immediate response from the international community", said Mohammad Rasoulof in a statement.
Wim Wenders, President of the European Film Academy declares: "Our colleague Mohammad Rasoulof is an artist who keeps telling us about a reality we would otherwise know little about. His Golden Bear winning film “There Is No Evil” is a deeply humane portrait of people in extreme situations, situations no human should be forced to experience. We need voices like that of Mohammad Rasoulof, voices defending human rights, freedom and dignity."
More information about the call can be found at the website of the European Film Academy.
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