January 31, 2023

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Iranian star Taraneh Alidusti is out on bail

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Iranian actor Taraneh Alidusti (“The Salesman”) is out on bail from Evin prison.

Alidusti’s mother, Nadereh Hakim Elahi, announced his release in an Instagram post.

The actor’s attorney, Zahra Minoy, tweeted about his release, saying: “Today, my client Ms. Taraneh Alidusti will be released from Evin Prison after posting bail.”

The actor, who has starred in four films directed by Asghar Farhadi, was jailed on December 17 after taking part in protests to fight against the oppressive Iranian regime. He was also sanctioned for expressing solidarity with imprisoned Iranian filmmakers, notably Zafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof.

More than 600 artists from around the world signed a petition calling on Iran to release the actor.

An online campaign launched titled “Justice for Taraneh Alidousti” features Mark Ruffalo, Pedro Almodovar, Penelope Cruz, Juliette Binoche, Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Ken Loach, Emma Thompson, Jason Momoa, Jeremy Irons, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Ian McCann, Isabelle Huppert among others. Called on the Iranian government to release Alidusti.

The Berlinale, Rotterdam, IDFA and the European Film Academy, among other key bodies, also issued a joint statement on 21 December protesting Alidusti’s arrest. The organizations, which also included the International Alliance for Filmmakers at Risk and the German Film Academy, demanded Alidusti’s “immediate and unconditional release”.

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