Iranian Filmmakers Arrested In Rapid Succession Amidst Religious Crackdown

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The escalating arrests of some of Iran’s most prominent cinema figures have sparked fear amidst the country’s ongoing wave of brutal crackdowns. First came filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-e Ahmad, who were detained in early July. On July 8th, they were arrested after posting statements demanding the Iranian security forces “lay down their weapons” against civilians protesting against the collapse of a large building in Adaban that killed dozens earlier this year. Then, on July 11th, Jafar Panahi, one of the most influential Iranian filmmakers, was taken into custody. He was arrested after he went to the prosecutor’s office with his colleagues and lawyers to investigate why his fellow filmmakers were incarcerated. Panahi’s wife, Tahereh Saeedi, said, “Jafar has some rights as a citizen. There’s due process. To imprison someone, they need to be summoned first. But to imprison someone who is protesting outside the jail raises a lot of questions. This is a kidnapping.” In 2010, Panahi, along with Rasoulof, was handed down a six-year sentence by a Tehran court, accused of supporting anti-government propaganda. They were also banned from making movies for 20 years and were barred from leaving the country.

Iranian Filmmakers Arrested in Rapid Succession Amidst Religious Crackdown
Location: Iran


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