Directors Unite To Campaign For Panahi24 May 2010
Panahi began his protest earlier this week (begs17May10) in a bid to win access to a lawyer, visitation from his family and his release prior to a court hearing.
The letter from his supporters reads: "In view of the existing conditions for... Jafar Panahi, we, the under signers of this letter, a group of independent filmmakers, call for the freedom and speedy consideration of his conditions and his demands in prison."
Panahi was imprisoned following a police raid on his home in March (10). He was a vocal supporter of country's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi.
A number of Hollywood stars, including Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, have also signed a petition to free the moviemaker.
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