Iran’s two-time Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi urges ‘solidarity’ with protesters

Iran’s two-time Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi urges ‘solidarity’ with protesters

Farhadi praised the “progressive and courageous women leading protests for their human rights alongside men”.
26 Sep, 2022

Iran’s two-time Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi on Sunday urged people worldwide to “stand in solidarity” with protesters following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police.

A wave of unrest has rocked Iran since the death of 22-year-old Amini, and Farhadi praised the “progressive and courageous women leading protests for their human rights alongside men”.

“They are looking for simple yet fundamental rights that the state has denied them for years,” Farhadi said, in a video message on Instagram.

“This society, especially these women, has travelled a harsh and painful path to this point, and now they have clearly reached a landmark.”

At least 41 people have been killed, including members of the security forces, according to an official toll, although human rights groups say the real figure is far higher.

“I saw them closely these nights: most of them are very young, 17 years old, 20 years old. I saw outrage and hope in their faces, and in the way they marched in the streets. I deeply respect their struggle for freedom and the right to choose their own destiny, despite all the brutality they are subjected to,” Farhadi said.

Farhadi, known for films that tackle everyday challenges in people’s lives, won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation in 2011 and The Salesman in 2016.

“I invite all artists, filmmakers, intellectuals, civil rights activists from all over the world … everyone who believes in human dignity and freedom, to stand in solidarity with the powerful and brave women and men of Iran by making videos, in writing or any other way,” he said.


NYS Sep 26, 2022 11:22am
In the painful brutality we Stan Asghar Farhadi FOMO Say no to Voilance whether it is in any form :
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Syed A. Mateen Sep 26, 2022 11:59am
Islam is not a strict religion as has been made and imposed by Iranian government through its molarity police which apprehended a 22 year old girl Mahsa Amini for not wearing hear scarf and she died due to torture in the custody of molarity police of Iran. A couple of years back some rules were eased by the government of Saudi Arabia and women were allowed to drive the cars and also allowed to travel alone without a Mahram. In Pakistan though it is also Islamic Republic State it don't have such restrictions on women similar to Iran. It all depends on the women if they want to cover their heads with Duppatas, or by wearing full length Abayas, it is the choice of the women. In Pakistan we don't have molarity police to harras the women, but through acts of the parliament, Pakistan have enacted several laws to protect the rights of the women in the country. Iran must look into this matter when the whole of Iran is agitating for several days after the killing of young girl Mahsa Amini.
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Mansur Ul Haque Sep 26, 2022 12:06pm
Freedom from what and extent?When freedom gets out of control it spills trouble. We must give our women the right to inherit, ownership, study, work, choose their life partners. If you block all such things and try to make them child producing machine. Such results will emerge. We all know in the name of freedom developed countries have crossed red line. We can see same sex marriages, never get married, women don't want to produce children for variety of reason. Women don't want to live in family system and live independently for variety of reasons and involve in every sort of filth. Don't go against nature. China one child policy negative effects have start emerging. Western countries have negative population rate. Older people have grown in number as compared to young. That is why they are giving nationalities to our younger generation for work. Be sensible.
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Ali Sabir Sep 26, 2022 12:12pm
... Everyone knows the Iranian police to be thugs.
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Nabi Sep 26, 2022 01:09pm
IRAN will become new Lebanon
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Karachiite Sep 26, 2022 02:34pm
In 2008 i was landed at Tehran airport at 2 a.m. surprised to see a fearless woman taxi driver their, can you imagine this in Pakistan? In Iran women are empowered in every field of life. Most of us don't know the ground realities and become a part of western propaganda.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sep 26, 2022 03:14pm
United we stand, divided we fall.
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