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
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:
Jose Luis Rebordinos
Tamer El Said
Annemarie Jacir & Ossama Bawardi