Filmmaker Reza Dormishian Barred From Leaving Iran Due to Protest Statements

Iranian filmmaker Reza Dormishian was making ready to attend the Worldwide Movie Competition of India final week to debut a brand new movie he produced when he was stopped on the Tehran airport by authorities and advised that he was barred from leaving his residence nation. The director’s passport was then confiscated and he was referred to an Iranian court docket for prosecution. It stays unclear what prices he might face. 

Representatives for Dormishian say they consider he was detained due to his latest posts to Instagram voicing help for these talking out throughout Iran’s ongoing, nationwide protests. He has been particularly vocal in his criticism of the federal government’s crackdown on filmmakers, expressing solidarity with imprisoned administrators Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. 

Dormishian was on account of attend the continued Worldwide Movie Competition of India (IFFI) in Goa in help of fellow director Dariush Mehrjui’s A Minor, which was premiering within the occasion’s foremost competitors. The movie’s screenings went forward with out him on Thursday and Friday. The film tells the story of a girl who’s torn between the views and wishes of her free-thinking daughter, who needs to review music, and her conservative husband.

A prolific screenwriter, director and producer, Dormishian, 41, has exhibited works at lots of the world’s main movie festivals, with credit together with Hatred, I’m Not Offended! and No Selection. Usually important of assorted features of Iranian life, his movies have frequently confronted issue clearing censorship in his nation. His second function, I’m Not Offended!, screened on the 2014 Berlin Movie Competition, however later was withdrawn from an Iranian pageant after threats of violence from hard-line extremists. 

Quite a few Iranian filmmakers have spoken out and confronted the regime’s ire since protests started roiling the nation within the wake of the September dying of a 22-year-old Kurdish girl whereas in police custody. In October, filmmaker Mani Haghighi had his passport confiscated as he was about to board a flight to attend the BFI London Movie Competition. Earlier this month, Farnaz Jurabchian and Mohammadreza Jurabchian, co-directors of the documentary Silent Home, have been blocked from touring to the Netherlands for his or her movie’s premiere on the Worldwide Documentary Movie Competition Amsterdam.