Iran’s Oscar-winning Director Urges ‘Solidarity’ With Protesters

Iranian director

Demonstrators in Wake of Mahsa Amini

Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian director who has won two Oscars, urged people all over the world on Sunday to “stand in solidarity” with demonstrators in the wake of Mahsa Amini’s passing while in the morality police’s care. 

Since the passing of 22-year-old Amini, Iran has experienced a wave of discontent, and Farhadi commended the “progressive and brave women conducting protests for their human rights alongside males.” 

Video Message Posted to Instagram

In a video message posted to Instagram, Farhadi stated, “They are looking for simple yet essential rights that the state has denied them for years.” 

This civilization, and these women, in particular, have endured a difficult and terrible journey to get here, but they have now unquestionably reached a turning point. 

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Human Rights Organizations

According to an official count, at least 41 people have died, including security personnel, but human rights organizations claim the actual number is much higher. 

“I observed them intently these evenings; most of them are quite young, between the ages of 17 and 20. In their looks, as well as in the manner they marched through the streets, I could see outrage and hope. Despite all the brutality they endure, I greatly respect their fight for freedom and the ability to determine their own course of action,” Farhadi remarked. 

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Farhadi, recognized for producing movies that examine issues that ordinary people face, won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for A Separation in 2011 and The Salesman in 2016. 

He stated, “I ask all artists, filmmakers, philosophers, civil rights activists, and everyone else who believes in human dignity and freedom to stand in solidarity with the strong and brave women and men of Iran by creating videos, via writing, or in any other way.

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