Amnesty International will bring a petition to Febiofest in support of Yasaman Aryani, a 24-year-old actress from Iran. Aryani decided to highlight repressive and discriminatory legislation on the forced veiling of women in an artistic manner by writing poetic slogans in the Tehran underground, removing her headscarf and handing out white flowers to women. She was arrested and received a 16-year prison sentence for, among other things, “inciting and assisting corruption and prostitution by promoting unveiling”. Her sentence was commuted in February this year but she still has to spend 10 years in prison. The petition calls for her immediate and unconditional release. The winner of the Amnesty International Febiofest Award will be announced at the Closing Ceremony.
MFF Praha – Febiofest
The Czech branch of Amnesty International and the Prague IFF – Febiofest are working together for the sixth year in a row. The jury, evaluating the eight competing films focused on the themes of freedom, will include Czech actress Hana Vagnerová and Kateřina Šaldová, deputy head of the Czech branch of Amnesty International.
Competing in the section will be:
Los Lobos (dir. Samuel Kishi Leopo)
Cook, F**ck, Kill (dir. Mira Fornay)
Suk Suk (dir. Ray Yeung)
Light for the Youth (dir. Suwon Shin)
Son-Mother (dir. Mahnaz Mohammadi)
Verdict (dir. Raymund Ribay Gutierrez)
Sole (dir. Carlo Sironi)
Skin (dir. Guy Nattiv)