Iranian Canadian director prevented from leaving Tehran to attend London movie fest

MONTREAL — An Iranian-Canadian director says he was unable to attend a movie competition in London Friday as Iranian authorities prevented his departure.

Director Mani Haghighi stated in an Instagram video that he was unable to attend a screening of his movie on the London Movie Competition as a result of Iranian authorities stopped him from boarding his flight in Tehran and later confiscated his passport.

The British Movie Institute stated in an announcement that Haghighi was on account of attend the competition together with his movie “Subtraction,” which debuted on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition final month.

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Whereas selling the movie, Haghighi informed Selection his Iranian-Canadian identification was essential to him. Haghighi attended college in Ontario and Quebec, and he informed the leisure publication he nonetheless has shut pals in Canada.

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In his video message, Haghighi stated he was given no affordable rationalization by authorities for the confiscation.

Two weeks earlier, Haghighi posted a video criticizing Iran’s obligatory hijab legislation and crackdown on youth protesters.

The London Movie Competition stated it helps Haghighi and all filmmakers of their freedom to current their movies all over the world.

Haghighi couldn’t be reached for remark, and International Affairs Canada didn’t instantly reply to questions in regards to the director’s scenario or the standing of his Canadian documentation.

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