Asghar Farhadi

Prominent Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has written a letter to the Ministry of Culture, calling for a vote on the decision to dissolve the House of Cinema in Iran.

The Shargh Newspaper reported today that the director of the highly praised film Separation of Nader From Simin wrote to the deputy of the ministry, saying: “If the decision to dissolve the House of Cinema is based on the idea that the majority of the film community and members of the guild are in agreement with your method, then I suggest that you take a vote on this decision among the few thousand members of the House of Cinema.”

The ministry’s decision to dissolve the House of Cinema, the non-governmental organization that served as a filmmaker’s guild in Iran, has been protested by many of its members.

Yesterday, Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel Peace laureate and human rights activist, urged the United Nations to recognize the closure of House of Cinema as another manifestation of human rights violations in Iran.

The executive board of the House of Cinema has filed a legal complaint against the ministry’s forceful closure of its organization, and it is currently being processed in court.