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He was released on bail on Tuesday:
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On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 5:04 PM, Wm. McRae <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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> Hurriyet News and Economic Review in Istanbul.  The second is from Criterion
> Collection and contains a method by which to sign the petition for his
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> Tuesday, May 25 2010 16:45 GMT+2
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> Iran filmmakers call for Panahi's release
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> Sunday, May 23, 2010
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> TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse
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> A group of 85 Iranian filmmakers has called for the release of acclaimed
> director Jafar Panahi, who has been incarcerated since March and reportedly
> on a hunger strike for seven days, the ILNA news agency reported Saturday.
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> “The undersigned, a group of independent filmmakers, want the release of
> Jafar Panahi and quick action on his situation and demands in jail,” said a
> letter signed by a group of mostly young and upcoming directors.
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> Panahi went on a hunger strike May 16 in protest against his conditions in
> jail, demanding to be released until a trial date is set.
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> His lawyer and family told Agence France-Presse they expected to hear this
> weekend whether he will be granted bail.
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> Panahi, who won an award at the 1995 Cannes festival for “The White
> Balloon” and scooped up the Venice film festival’s top award in 2000 for
> “The Circle,” has been a vocal backer of Iran’s opposition movement.
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> He was detained, according to Iran’s culture minister, for making an
> “anti-regime” film about the unrest that rocked the country last year after
> the disputed presidential election that kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power.
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> Panahi had been invited to the Cannes festival in France this week to join
> the jury that decides the winner of the festival’s top prize, the Palme
> d’Or, but was prevented from going by his continued detention.
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> His mentor, Abbas Kiarostami – whose movie “Certified Copy” is a candidate
> for this year’s Palme d’Or – on Tuesday denounced the Iranian authorities’
> crackdown on artists and called for Panahi’s release.
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> Prominent international and Iranian filmmakers, as well as the French
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>  Petition for Panahi
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> The March arrest and continued detainment of the great Iranian filmmaker
> Jafar Panahi—whose gripping, subversive films include The Circle, Crimson
> Gold, and Offside—have American directors and film writers rallying in
> support. Panahi, an outspoken backer of the country’s opposition leader Mir
> Hossein Mousavi during the highly contested and tumultuous 2009 elections,
> is being held as a political prisoner in Tehran’s Evin prison. Though the
> reasons for his arrest were originally not given, Iranian officials now
> allege that he was planning to make a film critical of the current regime. A
> petition calling for Panahi’s immediate release has been organized by a
> committee including Jamsheed Akrami, Godfrey Cheshire, Jem Cohen, Kent
> Jones, and Anthony Kaufman. Among those who’ve signed are Jim Jarmusch, Ang
> Lee, Richard Linklater, Michael Moore, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese,
> Steven Spielberg, and Frederick Wiseman. See the full petition here. (or go
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> http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/1455-petition-for-panahi
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