Actress, Movie Maker Barred From Leaving Iran
Hashem Kalantari & Hossein Jaseb / Reuters
11-Oct-2009 (5 comments)

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian authorities prevented a well-known movie actress and a film maker from traveling to the United States because of their activities after a disputed election in June, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Sarmayeh daily appeared to refer to involvement in huge opposition protests that erupted after the June 12 presidential poll, which defeated candidates say was rigged to secure the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It said actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria and documentary movie producer Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb were stopped at Tehran's airport on Thursday as they prepared to depart for a work-related visit to Los Angeles.

Eight other people in the group were allowed to leave for a week-long conference on Iranian cinema, Sarmayeh said.

"These two were stopped from leaving because of their activities in post-election events," the newspaper said, without giving a source.It quoted Mirtahmaseb as saying: "After completing the last stages of our passport inspection, airport agents showed a court order to me and Mrs Motamed-Aria and said that neither of us can leave Iran." He added that no reason was given.

There was no immediate comment from the authorities.

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DK, its Sunday here, so I'll be nice...

by Ostaad on

First I did agree with you, so why are you mad at me, bro?  I was just tried to  remind you that Iranian cinema was deprived from anything artsi during the reign of "your people" in case you were in a comma or sleepwalking the entire time when you were there. The only art movie that I remeber seeing then was Gaav by Mehrjooie, I'm sure there were a couple more but I'm sure Fardin was not in any of them. Serious filmmakers, and theater directors were constantly in serious trouble with "your people" and had to walk a very thin line.

I'd still like to know whether you get goose bumps like I do, when Golshifteh labaasho ghoncheh mikoneh. Khodemouneem, when as the last time you got lucky, do you remember? Just teasing you (;<{)

PS sorry for messing with your mind, I simply don' see any contradictions in my remarks. Maybe you need to get a brain upgrade or apply some sort of patch, whichever works best. 

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by ex programmer craig on

Darius Kadivar

Ostaad Why don't You Ask Fardin ?

by Darius Kadivar on

Aren't You fed Up with all the "Koseh Shehr" You repeat on a daily basis on this website Only for the Sake of Contradiction ?

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DK, I agree with you on how badly...

by Ostaad on

this regime treats EVERYONE. But are you sure if your "people" were in charge the treatment of the people would be any different. It sure was the same when they were in charge. We had draconian censorship on ALL forms of art. Besides, it's quite ironic that there have been far superior films made in Iran after the revolution. The Pahlavi era gave us "filmfarsi", which I'm sure you are quite familiar with. 

So quelle est la difference, homie?

BTW, I get goose bumps when Golshifteh labaasho ghoncheh mikoneh, don't you?

Darius Kadivar

Golshifteh Was Right To Seek Refuge in France ...

by Darius Kadivar on

God Damn this Wretched Regime that treats its artists with humiliation and brutality.

Truly Disgraceful !

I hope Mrs Fatemeh Motamed-Aria and documentary movie producer Mojtaba Mirtahmaseb will one day Join their colleagues in Europe and the US:



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