Orwa Nyrabia Arrested/ 5
Skrevet den 07-09-2012 21:40:05 af Tue Steen Müller
The film magazine realscreen writes today in its newsletter:
The International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Sundance and Tribeca Film Institutes are among nearly 30 organizations and festivals calling for the release of missing Syrian filmmaker and festival director Owra Nyrabia.
As reported last month, Nyrabia has been missing since August 23 after attempting travel from Damascus International Airport, and is widely assumed to be being detained by Syrian authorities in Damascus.
In a statement, the IDA said: “We believe that the artistry and power of film is vital to societies and cultures globally. We strongly defend the right of filmmakers everywhere to practice their art and bring humanity closer together through the telling of our shared stories.
“Orwa Nyrabia is not only a celebrated filmmaker, but also an artist who has devoted his life to bringing people and cultures together through film. Although Orwa is now being held in darkness somewhere, the filmmaking world is paying attention will continue to shine a light on him until he is safely reunited with his family. We call for his immediate return.”
Click below to see the list of organisations... Free Orwa, as also Robert de Niro said on camera today.
Link to The Guardian Friday 7 September (Read the comment from Tue Steen Müller)
1 comments "Orwa Nyrabia Arrested/ 5":
Tue Steen Müller skrev den 08-09-2012 17:48:04:H.C. Korsholm Nielsen, former director of the Danish Institute in Damascus draws attention to an article in Guardian yesterday, here are some clips and a link: Prominent figures from the film world, including Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Danny Boyle and Kevin Spacey, have urged the Syrian government to release a film-maker detained in Damascus two weeks ago…. "We, the undersigned members of the UK film community and international friends, implore the Syrian authorities to release Orwa Nyrabia immediately," reads the letter, which also counts David Puttnam, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Colin Firth among its signatories.
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