Last year 142 Iranian filmmakers appealed to the documentary community worldwide to boycott the festival Cinema Vérité, see below. Yesterday EDN (European Documentary Network) posted the following text on its site:
”EDN will be present at the The 4th annual Cinema Verite: Iran International Documentary Film Festival. EDN and the activities connected to the organisation will be introduced at the festival. Cinema Verite is the main documentary film festival in Iran. The festival is combining both national and international program sections with a documentary market and a number of side events. Cinema Verite is organised by DEFC – Documentary and Experimental Film Center. This is the main center for production, distribution and promotion of fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films in the Middle East.”
Knowing the censorship that exists in Iran, the letter from the filmmakers from last year and the many imprisonments of filmmakers with controversial views on the society and the policy of the régime, one of course wonders if this is a clever move of an independent documentary membership organisation… or maybe it is exactly what it is, if it means that EDN can help make us more aware of what happens in the country for the filmmakers. I can not say. I was there – as director of EDN – 10 years ago to show European films and create contacts, it was a marvellous experience to meet the creativity of the filmmakers, censored or not.
EDN representatives are welcome to answer on this site, under ”bemærkninger/remarks”.