Acclaimed director Mohammad Rasolouf is denied exit from Iran

The acclaimed Iranian director Mohammad Rasolouf has been denied exit from Iran and will not be able to attend the Stockholm International Film Festival to present his latest film A Man With Integrity.

Earlier this year, director Mohammad Rasolouf returned to Iran after completing his latest movie A Man with Integrity. The director was invited to attend the Stockholm Film Festival along with his film, however on the 16th of September his passport was confiscated at Teheran’s airport and he has since been interrogated by the Iranian government several times.

This is not the first time Rasolouf is subject to this treatment. In November 2013 the festival invited Rasolouf along with his film Manuscripts Don’t Burn, but was denied leaving Iran since his passport was confiscated under similar circumstances. Stockholm Film Festival's visiting international and Swedish directors then chose to gather for a manifestation outside the Iranian Embassy to support Rasolouf’s cause. This and several other actions led to Rasoulof being released from Iran.

When Rasoulof now again is exposed to the same violations of his human rights as in 2013, the Stockholm Film Festival wishes to draw attention to, and support a petition launched by the French producer Michèle Halberstadt with the purpose of releasing Mohammad Rasoulof.

- We are grateful that Stockholm's International Film Festival can be used as a platform to support artists and their freedom of expression, no matter where in the world they are, says Git Scheynius, Festival Director.

If you want to support the cause for free art and help get Mohammad Rasoulof released, you can sign the petition here.

Mohammed Rasolouf’s film A Man With Integrity will be screened on:

November 10th – Cinema Zita Screen 1, 8:00 PM

November 11th– Cinema Saga Screen 2, 1:00 PM

November 18th– Cinema Zita Screen 1, 8:00 PM

Press contact:
Dante Stjernberg, press manager                         

Tel: 08 677 50 09 / +46708639423
press@stockholmfilmfestival.se

Antonia Backlund, press secretary
Tel: 070-77 87 852
pressektreterare@stockholmfilmfestival.se              

The 28th Stockholm International Film Festival, November 8-19, 2017

The Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is today one of the leading competitive film festivals in Europe. The festival takes place every year in November with more than 200 films from 70 countries. 

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