This protest film, Untitled, was created by an Iranian filmmaker whose identity and location is protected by Cine Foundation International. It forms part of the campaign initiated by CFI calling for the release of imprisoned film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, and wider reform of human and democratic rights in Iran. It is paramount that the identity of this filmmaker remains undisclosed until such time as the current regime in Iran has been removed, and clear democratic government takes its place.
The filmmaker has issued this statement—
"For the past 32 years (since 1979) the government of Iran tried to heavily repressed and oppressed the artists, scholars, elites, intellectuals, oppositions movements, human rights activists and students using populist strategies and religion in order to keep the power and controlling the oil-money.
Fighting for democracy has 100 years of history in Iran with two revolutions. After the rigged and disputed June 2009 election people of Iran realised that they don’t need another revolution for changing this dictator government. They understood that what they need is a peaceful & none-violence civil right movement.
Panahi and Rasoulof played an important part for this goal and that is why the Iranian regime gave them such an unbelievable sentence (Six years of imprisonment and 20 years banning of almost any activity).
They don’t realise that no one can tell a human being not to grow and flourish! It is impossible to invert this mechanism. We as a citizen of this word must stand with Panahi and Rasoulof and support them to the end … "
-Anonymous Iranian Filmmaker (participant in FOR JAFAR PANAHI AND MOHAMMAD RASOULOF), published via Cine Foundation International.
It is hoped that the audience will not lend itself to games of guesswork, innuendo and investigation into the filmmaker's true identity, as their life and the lives of their loved ones are at risk.
This will continue to be an issue as CFI publishes work by filmmakers resident in countries governed by oppressive regimes in the coming days and weeks.
If you wish to submit work to the campaign anonymously, please contact us in the first instance via this encrypted email address: cfi [at] mac.hush.com and we will instruct you on how to proceed securely.