Thursday, 18 March 2010

International Appeal for Jafar Panahi

Appel International
Brisons « Le Cercle »
Liberté pour Jafar Panahi et pour les autres prisonniers politiques en Iran
La nuit du 1er mars 2010 des agents infiltrés de la police iranienne faisaient irruption au domicile de Jafar Panahi pour l’arrêter, ainsi que sa femme, sa fille et 15 autres personnes, parmi lesquelles: les metteurs en scène Mohamed Rasoulof, Mahnaz Mohammadi, Rokhsareh Ghaem-Maghami et le cameraman Ebrahim Ghafari.
La raison fournie pour justifier l'arrestation était d’avoir filmé les protestations qui ont suivies les élections de juin 2009, afin de les diffuser.
On est en train d’empêcher les citoyens iraniens d’exprimer démocratiquement leur désaccord. Ceux qui essaient de faire connaitre au monde ce qui se passe sont réduits au silence et privés de leur propre liberté.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Petition for Jafar Panahi

Cineuropa collects signatures for Jafar Panahi immediate liberation.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Jafar Panahi arrested

Jafar Panahi

The Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, winner of several international awards, was arrested by Iranian security forces at his residence together with his wife, daughter and fifteen guests (artists, actors, directors). A search was conducted in the home and his personal computer was confiscated.
Jafar Panahi is one of the 15 international indipendent filmakers invited to shoot a short movie on tolerance and intercultural dialogue for the long feature Then And Now: Beyond Borders and Differences produced during 2010 by the ART for The World. For this movie, together with his synopsis «Accordion», in January 2010 Jafar Panahi sent the following director’s intention: 
I am a social minded film maker and sensitive to every phenomena which occurs in my society and evidently react to it. Perhaps (accordion) is my reaction to the events surrounded me which have been observing them. Obviously religion has strong relation with the roots of the problems. Religion is in the power of running of the country and the judgment an evaluation of ideas becomes “right” or “wrong”, good or bad. Then, who ever relates and close himself to the religion or pretend religions is allowed to enforce the others or demolish the other peoples right.