Arrests in Iran
La Biennale di Venezia is deeply dismayed at the news of the arrests of Iranian filmmakers. Today, Jafar Panahi, the dissident director who has already been arrested and condemned in the past, was again deprived of his personal freedom for having protested together with many of his colleagues against the arrest of two other filmmakers, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad, on July 8th following the protests against violence towards civilians in Iran.
Among the many prestigious acknowledgments Panahi has won throughout his extraordinary international career, he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2000 for his film The Circle.
La Biennale di Venezia joins its own voice to the many that are now speaking out in the world to condemn the repressive actions underway and demands the immediate liberation of the directors arrested for defending the right to freedom of expression and creation.