Thursday, May 13, 2010

In the News: Iranian Filmmaker Kiana Firouz


Kiana Firouz, a 27 year old Iranian out lesbian filmmaker, was denied asylum in the UK recently. This despite the fact that a film is set to be released this week, involving Firouz, about lesbians in Iran. The Iranian government is demanding her return after clips of the movie were released, and she is likely to be tortured or even killed if she returns. You can sign this petition to support her appeal for asylum.
See a clip from the documentary here:

Here's a bit more of the story:

Kiana Firouz, 27 years old, is an outspoken Iranian LGBT rights activist, filmmaker, and actress. When clips of her video documentary work featuring the struggle and persecution of gays and lesbians in her country were acquired by Iranian intelligence, agents began to follow Firouz around Tehran, harassing and intimidating her. She fled for England where she could safely continue her work and studies.


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