Let Mohammad Rasoulof go! ICFR protests travel ban against Iranian filmmaker

    The Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has been prevented from leaving his home country.

    This comes shortly after fellow Iranian director Jafar Panahi could leave Iran after a travel ban against him was lifted.

    Both have repeatedly gotten into conflict with the Iranian authorities, had their passports confiscated and been jailed. Last year, the Iranian authorities arrested Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad over an appeal they posted on social media speaking out against the unproportionate repression of civil protestors. Jafar Panahi was then arrested as he was protesting the detention of his colleagues.

    Now one can travel, the other not.

    ICFR calls on the Iranian authorities to drop the travel ban against Mohammad Rasoulof and we encourage all film and culture institutions around the world to do the same.


    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 some recent efforts of the ICFR below.

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