Iran Culture Ministry comments on travel restrictions on cineastes
TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (Mehr News Agency) - Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad
Shamaqdari announced here on Wednesday that the ministry is responsible for
resolving issues involving cineastes that are related to their professions, but
not legal cases or matters related to the police.
Managing Director of the Iranian House of Cinema Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur, House
of Cinema Spokesman Amin Tarokh, and filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi recently asked the
Culture Ministry for a response to the issue of the recent prohibition of
cineastes from exiting the country.
Over the past month, actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and documentarian Mojtaba
Mirtahmasb, and filmmaker Jafar Panahi were all prevented from traveling to the
U.S. at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport.
Asgarpur said earlier that the ministry should
intervene to resolve the issue or at least should state its perspective on the
matter to clarify its actions.
Mirkarimi also asked the deputy culture minister to find ways to avoid
prohibiting cineastes both from exiting the country as well as entering into it.
"The Culture ministry's department for cinematic affairs should always support
cineastes and this must not be a temporary reaction.
"Today, this issue of preventing Iranian cineastes has hurt the public, and
cultural figures are impatiently waiting for an official response. If this sort
of ambiguity continues, it might result in irreversible consequences," he
Spokesman Tarokh also stated that over the past few days, there has been good
news on removing the obstacle over the performances of actor Mohammadreza Golzar
and actress Golshifteh Farahani.
"We've heard Shamaqdari met with Golzar on the issue and he also declared that
there is no problem preventing Farahani from continuing her career in the
country. All of this is good news."
Golshifteh Farahani acted beside Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in Ridley
Scott's spy thriller "Body of Lies". Farahani has stated that she plans to stay
in the United States to pursue her acting career.