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Visa Granted for Award Winning Iranian Filmmaker to Attend Doc Edge Festival


Following the enormous support and solidarity of the global filmmaking and documentary community, award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami was granted a visa by New Zealand immigration authorities yesterday.

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, director of the award winning
documentary Sonita, Image: Courtesy of Doc Edge

In a statement regarding the overwhelming support for Ghaemmaghami (whose visa application had previously been declined), Documentary Edge International Film Festival expressed their satisfaction and gratitude concerning the revised decision: “Thanks NZIS for reconsidering its decision. We also thank our wonderful caring community for the wide support over the last few days. We are delighted that Rokhsareh will attend Doc Edge Festival and Screen Edge Forum and encourage everyone to attend the screenings. Doc Edge look forward to welcoming the many international guests to New Zealand, and opening this stimulating festival which features 52 feature length and short films”.

Ghaemmaghami is very thankful for all the support she received from New Zealanders and abroad, and has issued this statement: “Thanks to all my filmmaker friends and documentary organizations from all around the world for showing their support in regards to the visa problem. Also, thanks to New Zealand immigration system for showing a responsible and quick reaction to request of more than 1000 people. I am so excited to be able to present my movie to New Zealand audiences in the prestigious Doc Edge Festival. Now I feel that I am a member of a big family of filmmakers all around the world who believe that there should not be any borders for artists.”

EDN - The European Documentary Network would like to thank all members, friends and colleagues who supported the initiative and therefore helped achieving this succesful result.

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