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Toronto Film Festival Decries Filmmakers' Detentions In Iran

Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest in North America, have decried the recent arrest of six independent filmmakers in Iran "whose work should be seen and their voices heard."

In a statement, they expressed "deep concern" over the arrest last week of Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Katayoun Shahabi, Hadi Afarideh, Nasser Saffarian, Shahnama Bazdar, and Mohsen Shahrnazdar by Iranian authorities.

Mirtahmasb is the co-director of banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's latest film, "This Is Not A Film," which was screened at the Toronto film festival.

Earlier this month, Iranian state media announced the arrests of five men and a woman for allegedly gathering information for the BBC's Persian-language service.