19 May 2010

FERA EXPRESSES ITS DEEP CONCERN FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF JAFAR PANAHI

Press Release – 19 May 2010

The Federation of European Film Directors expresses its continuous concern for the safety and well being of Iranian Film director Jafar Panahi who was arrested with his family in Teheran on 1 March.

This year Mr Panahi should have been a member of the jury at the Cannes film festival. Instead he is in jail and, as announced yesterday by an Iranian journalist during the press conference for the film Certified Copy, Mr Panahi has started a hunger strike to protest his arrest.

Mr Panahi is one of the leading voices of modern Iranian cinema and he has won prizes worldwide including the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut feature The White Balloon.

European film directors wish to re-affirm their strong condemnation of such an attack on the freedom of speech, and once again call for the immediate release of Jafar Panahi.

 

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