Iran: director Asghar Farhadi calls for the release of actress Taraneh Alidoosti

The actress and figure of Iranian cinema was arrested on Saturday for having shown her support for the revolt which is shaking the country.

Like many personalities and human rights defenders since this weekend, director Asghar Farhadi also called on Tuesday for the “release” of Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, arrested on Saturday in Iran for having supported the wave of protest. . “I stand with Taraneh and call for her release and that of my fellow filmmakers. Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, and all the other lesser-known prisoners whose only crime is to have wanted a better life”said Asghar Farhadi on Instagram on Tuesday.

Figure of Iranian cinema and on the poster of the prodigious Leila and her brothers presented in Cannes in May, Taraneh Alidoosti, 38, was arrested on Saturday for posts on social networks in support of protests denouncing in particular the execution of demonstrators, or in which she is seen removing her veil. “If showing such support is a crime, then tens of millions of people in this country are criminals”also wrote the Iranian filmmaker, twice Oscar winner, who notably made the actress play in The customerwinner of the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2017.

Taraneh Alidoosti is one of the most famous personalities arrested in connection with the protest movement which has been agitating Iran for three months. Several representatives of Iranian cinema had also been worried or arrested by the authorities, even before the current wave of protest, such as directors Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi, still in detention.

Since this weekend, calls for the release of the actress fuse, both in Iran and internationally. “The courageous actress from Iran has been arrested”posted on Instagram his colleague Golshifteh Farahani, who began her career in Iran before fleeing the country and settling in France.

The British pop group the Pet Shop Boys denounced a “fascist government” in Iran following this arrest, while the Cannes festival requested the “immediate release” by Taraneh Alidoosti. The protest in Iran was sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died after being arrested in Tehran by morality police. Since then, hundreds of people have been killed, thousands arrested and two 23-year-old men have been hanged.

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