Orwa Nyrabia, the Syrian filmmaker who was abducted on August 23rd,
was released by the Syrian government today. He had been taken by
Military Security, but was turned over to a civilian court yesterday,
which reviewed his case and freed him. Family members say that he is
strong and in good spirits.

Filmmakers from all over the world had called for his release. They
included Martin Scorsese, Annemarie Jacir, Nabil Maleh, Robert DeNiro,
and many other prominent actors, directors, producers, and
writers . The Directors Guild of America, the Toronto International
Film Festival, ArteEast, the Berlin Film Festival, Film Forum and
others, released important public statements to bring attention to
Orwa's situation.

A partial list of those filmmakers is included below, along with a
video made by the participants.

On this day, we celebrate Orwa's freedom and fervently hope that
thousands of other Syrians who have been similarly detained will also
be given their freedom.

Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Rasha Salti, and Julia Meltzer

Filmmakers' Call to Free Orwa:

Vimeo: 49332798">vimeo.com/49332798

YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=3GF9ToY0pdg&feature=plcp

Participants:

Alex Gibney
Lawrence Wright
Costa Gavras
Ziad Doueiri
Joelle Touma
Khalil Joreige
Joana Hadjithomas
Dalia al-Kury
James Schamus
Jose Luis Rebordinos
Michelle Rodriguez
Rob Epstein
Rebecca O'Brien
Yancy Butler
Jeff Fahey
Frances Fisher
Steven Bauer
Nabil Maleh
Ken Burns
Andrew Bujalski
Rick Linklater
Bob Balaban
Marcel Lozinski
Machek Drigas
Alexei Jankowski
Ossama Mohammed
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Krzysztof Zanussi
Hala Omran
Christine O'Malley
Patrick Creadon
Amy Berg
Judd Apatow
Joe Berlinger
Joslyn Barnes
Elizabeth Avellán
Nicolas Philibert
Jacqueline Olive
Morgan Spurlock
Jasmila Zbanic
Beth Murphy
Dieter Kosslick
Shezad Dawood
Jehane Noujaim
Joan Churchill
Patrick Campbell
Mahdi Fleifel
Eyad Zahra
Hamad Altourah
Alan Poul
David Holbrooke
Sharif Waked
Bouchra Khalili
Ruba Nadda
Jonathan Demme
Linda Garmon
Josh Brolin
Paul Rachman
Marina Zenovich
Mais Darwazah
Lucy Walker
Haskell Wexler
Genevieve Faust
Mona Davis
Barbara Kopple
Mattie Akers
Michael Culyba
David Cassidy
Danis Tanović
Robert Kenner
Yaseen Hanif
Tamer El Said
Annemarie Jacir & Ossama Bawardi
Khalid Abdalla
Hanan Abdalla
Cressida Trew
Alisa Lebow
Misrad Purivatra
Akram Zaatari
Michah Garen
Aaron Burns
Julia Meltzer
Alison Ellwood
Cat Villers
Dan Gorman
Lee Grieveson
Marc Levin
Frank Marshall
Mohanad Yacubi
Paul Haggis
Nick Broomfield
Isabella Ferrari
Michael Apted
Peter Scarlet
David Holbrooke
Robert DeNiro
Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Marco Bechis
Hicham Ayouch
Jonathan Jakubowicz
Claire Chandler

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