Urgent Call for the Release of Myanmar filmmaker Ma Aeint

    The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and International Film Festival Rotterdam, together with the undersigning, call for the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Ma Aeint.

    Ma Aeint was a producer and co-writer of Money Has Four Legs, which ran in the New Currents competition at the 2020 Busan International Film Festival and is an alumna of FAMU Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus, Locarno Open Doors Lab, as well as Ties That Bind.

    Leaving her house on June 5, she was detained and is currently being held in an undisclosed place, with no official explanation.

    We are very concerned for the well-being of Ma Aeint. We encourage all film and culture institutions around the world to join us in calling upon the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release her. If there are any charges against her, they must be made clear, though her safety must first be guaranteed.

    Berlin International Film Festival
    Busan International Film Festival
    Festival de Cannes
    Festival des 3 Continents
    German Film Academy
    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
    Locarno Film Festival
    MEMORY !
    MOOOV Morelia International Film Festival
    Movies that Matter
    Quinzaine des réalisateurs Cannes
    Semaine de la Critique Cannes
    Sundance Institute
    Sydney Film Festival
    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
    Udine Far East Film Festival
    Venice Film Festival
    Visions du Réel


    International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk

    • Launched in September 2020 at the Venice Film Festival, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) aims to activate the film community’s collective response to filmmakers who face political persecution for their work. IDFA, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the European Film Academy are the founding partners of the ICFR, with activities that include advocacy, support, monitoring, and observation. Explore the first efforts of the ICFR below.

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