Friday , 12 August 2022


New Wave of Arrests of Documentary Filmmakers Under Way in Iran

Iranwire – IranWire has received information that a new wave of arrests of documentary filmmakers and cinematographers has started in Iran. So far all of the known detainees have been women. “Last night, May 9, Mina Keshavarz and Firoozeh Khosrovani, two documentary filmmakers, were arrested at their homes,” an informed source told Iranwire on Tuesday. The next day, they said, security agents had …

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Mohammad Rasoulof: Organised and Legalised Killings is an Apt Description of the Death Penalty in Iran

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – Award-winning independent filmmaker, Mohammad Rasoulof has penned the foreword to the 2021 Annual Report on the Death Penalty in Iran. Read the full report here. Full text: “Organised and legalised killings is an apt description of the death penalty in Iran. By relying on religious-based laws, the ruling political power initially presented the death penalty …

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Women Round on Iran’s Cinema House for Inaction Over Sexual Violence

Iranwire – On Thursday, March 31, some 300 of women working in Iranian cinema published a joint letter of protest against behind-the-scenes violence and sexual harassment by members of the decades-old House of Cinema, also known as the Alliance of Iranian Motion Picture Guilds. Laying out a set of prescriptions needed for the institution to change, they wrote: “We consider it our right …

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Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi Summoned to Court in Plagiarism Case

Iranwire – A former student of Oscar-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi says Farhadi has now been summoned to court in Tehran over a case of alleged plagiarism. Azadeh Masihzadeh has accused the director of lifting a storyline she developed for use in his 2022 Oscar entry, A Hero. Her own documentary, All Winners, All Losers, was researched and created at a 2014 …

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Iran cancels concert over women musicians

Iran-HRM – Iranian authorities have cancelled a music concert because three members of the band were women. The concert of Hamid Aramzadeh in Yazd, central Iran was cancelled because three of the musicians were women. In a video published on social media on on Tuesday, Aramzadeh appeared on stage before the performance, citing the presence of female musicians as the …

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Iranian Authorities Arrests Organizers of Nowruz Celebration

HRW – On March 23, 2022, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) reported that Iranian authorities arrested at least 20 people after organizing a Nowruz celebration in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, on March 21. A day later, the Ministry of Intelligence office in Sanandaj summoned at least 10 more Kurdish activists and others for participating in the ceremony and detained at least one other person.  …

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USCIRF wishes a happy #Nowruz to communities celebrating around the world.

Shabtabnews – In a twitter statement USCIRF wishes a happy #Nowruz to communities celebrating around the world. May this be a successful, prosperous, and healthy new year. USCIRF wishes a happy #Nowruz to communities celebrating around the world. May this be a successful, prosperous, and healthy new year.— USCIRF (@USCIRF) March 20, 2022

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A Lullaby for Refugees: Iranian Composer Bijan Mortazavi’s New Video

Iranwire – Bijan Mortazavi, an Iranian composer and singer-songwriter, has released a new music video entitled Lalaie, orLullaby. First published by Radio Javan and later shared with IranWire, the track calls attention to the plight of refugees worldwide. According to the latest UN statistics, there are more than 82 million displaced people in the world today. That figure has grown by more than two …

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