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Film directors protest at Iran's embassy in Sweden

Filmmakers protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Sweden after Iran confiscates passport of film director, prohibiting him from traveling to Stockholm Film Festival

AP, Tuesday 12 Nov 2013
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Still from Mohamed Rasoulof's 'Mansuscripts Don't Burn'
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A group of international film directors protesetd outside Iran's embassy in Stockholm against that government's censorship of Iranian film maker Mohammad Rasoulof.

Around 20 directors, including Sean Gullette of the U.S. and Sweden's Tarik Saleh, stood blindfolded outside the Iranian embassy Tuesday, after learning that Iranian authorities have confiscated Rasoulof's passport, prohibiting him from traveling to the Stockholm Film Festival.

The blindfolds were a reference to a scene in Rasoulof's latest film, Manuscripts Don't Burn, that will be screened at the festival.

Rasoulof's films are banned in Iran, where he has been accused of "making propaganda" against the ruling system.

The chairman of the festival jury, Kristian Petri, said the directors wanted to "show that it is unacceptable to prevent filmmakers, artists and journalists from performing their work."

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