Asghar Farhadi released a video inviting artists around the world to show solidarity with the people of Iran in the wake of nationwide protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, who was taken to a “re-education center” after allegedly failing her. had worn hijab the right way.
The two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director also sent a written statement praising the “progressive and courageous” women who protested for their human rights alongside men, saying they are seeking the “fundamental rights that the state has denied them for years.” ”
“This society, especially these women, has taken a hard and painful path thus far, and now they have clearly reached a milestone. I’ve seen them up close these nights,” he wrote. “I saw indignation and hope in their faces and in the way they marched through the streets. I deeply respect their struggle for freedom and the right to choose their own destiny, despite all the atrocities they are subjected to.”
He went on to say he was proud of the country’s powerful women and hopes they will achieve their goals before asking artists, filmmakers, intellectuals and civil rights activists around the world to join them.
“This is a human responsibility, and it can further strengthen the hopes of Iranians to achieve this beautiful and monumental goal they seek here,” concluded Farhadi, “the country where I will no doubt be women the founders of the most significant transformations.” .”
Read his full statement below.
This is Asghar Farhadi, the filmmaker.
You have probably heard recent news from Iran and seen images of:
progressive and courageous women leading protests for their people
rights next to men. They are looking for simple but basic
rights that the state has denied them for years. this society,
especially these women, has traveled a hard and painful path for this
and now they have clearly reached a milestone.
I’ve seen them up close these nights. Most of them are very young;
Seventeen years old, twenty years old. I saw indignation and hope in them
faces and in the way they marched through the streets. I respect deeply
their struggle for freedom and the right to choose their own destiny
despite all the atrocities to which they are subjected. i’m proud of my
mighty women of the land, and I sincerely hope that through their
efforts, they achieve their goals.
Through this video I invite all artists, filmmakers, intellectuals,
civil rights activists from all over the world and all countries, and
anyone who believes in human dignity and freedom to stand
solidarity with the mighty and brave women and men of Iran by making
videos, in writing or otherwise.
This is a human responsibility and can be further enhanced
The hope of Iranians to achieve this beautiful and monumental goal is theirs
are looking for here, the land I have no doubt that women are the
founders of the most important transformations.
For a better future.