EWA member Mina Kesharvaz and Firouzeh Khosrovani released

EWA member Mina Kesharvaz and Firouzeh Khosrovani released on bail

Mina Kesharvaz, alumna of EWA Mentoring Programme and colleague Firouzeh Khosrovani have been finally released on bail but banned from leaving Iran and facing severe charges.

On May 9, Iranian authorities arrested filmmakers Keshavarz and Khosrovani alongside five women journalists. Mina Keshavarz, whose film The Art of Living in Danger won Best documentary at Busan International Film Festival, 2021, and her colleague Firouzeh Khosrovani, whose film Radiograph of a Family was awarded best film at IDFA in 2020 were held for 8 days in Evin Prison at a time of protests over the rise of prices of basic goods.

Mina Keshavarz, born in 1984, has made six documentaries and in 2019 an entry of hers was accepted at the Berlin International Film Festival. Firoozeh Khosrovani is a graduate of Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and has contributed to and collaborated with numerous Italian newspapers and magazines. In 2020, her Radiography of a Family won best feature at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.

EWA Network call for these charges to be dropped immeditely and their travel allowances to be reinstated so that these filmmakers can be back to their normal lives and continue their work.