Petition for jailed Iranian filmmaker


One of the many dire consequences of the trouble in Iran, not so important perhaps compared to the lives and freedom of millions, is the impact it might have on one of the world's richest film industries. Perhaps a sign of things to come is the uncertain fate of Maziar Bahari, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. He was arrested at his home on June 21 and has since been held without charge and denied access to lawyers or contact with his family. In response, the Independent Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) has put together a petition to the Iranian government. Spearheaded by Wim Wenders, it includes the names of around 60 filmmakers and cineastes, including  American Indie director Todd Solondz. It can be read here.


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