Iranian film director Jafar Panahi is on hunger strike to protest his detention

Iranian film director Jafar Panahi is on hunger strike to protest his detention

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been on a hunger strike to denounce his arrest since last July, when he was arrested after denouncing the arrest of two other filmmakers in the Persian country. “I refuse to eat or drink any food or medicine until I am released. I will remain in this state until my lifeless body can be released from prison,” Panahi said in a letter his family posted on social media in recent hours. The author of the award-winning book Taxi and No Bear described the treatment by Iran’s judiciary and security forces as “illegal and inhumane” and defined his detention as “kidnapping”. Panahi said that while the country’s “innocent youth” are being arrested, tried and executed in less than 30 days, citing the hangings resulting from the protests that have rocked the country in recent months, his case is more than took 100 days. transferred from one court to another.

“Today, like many people imprisoned in Iran, I have no choice but to protest the inhumane behavior with my most precious asset, my life,” he said. Panahi was arrested in July last year for protesting the arrest of filmmakers Mohamad Rasoulof and Mostafa Ale Ahmad, arrested for criticizing the repression of protests following the collapse of a building in the south of the country that killed dozens in 2022.

His arrest revived a six-year prison sentence suspended in 2010 for national security violations.

Among the numerous and prestigious awards of an extraordinary international career, Panahi won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2015 for Taxi and in 2018 for Best Screenplay at Cannes for his film Three Faces. His latest film is No Bears, a critically acclaimed appeal against Iran’s lack of freedom and the fragmentation of an overly traditional country, which won the Venice Jury Prize.

Panahi began the hunger strike amid protests in Iran over the death of Masha Amini on September 16, three days after she was arrested by anti-addiction teams for improperly wearing the Islamic headscarf. The Iranian authorities responded with an intense police crackdown that left nearly 500 dead and nearly 20,000 arrested during the demonstrations. Four of the prisoners were executed. After these executions, the protests visibly lost momentum.


Source: La Neta Neta