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Venice Film Festival to debate situation facing Afghan filmmakers

The panel will feature Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi who was the first woman president of the country’s national film body Afghan Film as well as Afghan documentary filmmaker Sahra Mani
Venice Film Festival to debate situation facing Afghan filmmakers

The Venice Film Festival will host a panel discussion on September 4 to debate the situation facing Afghan filmmakers on “the need to create humanitarian corridors and guarantee that [Afghan] filmmakers and other artists will be granted the status of political refugees, allowing [them] to leave the country in addition to concerns about their future and the need to help them get settled once they reach Europe,” said the official festival statement.

The panel will be moderated by Italian journalist Giuliano Battiston and will feature Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi, who was the first woman president of the country’s national film body Afghan Film, and Afghan documentary filmmaker Sahra Mani, who will also be at the festival to present the new project Kabul Melody at the Venice CoProduction market.

Joining them will be Rotterdam International Film Festival artistic director Vanja Kaludjercic; Orwa Nyrabia, the artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA); European Film Academy (EFA) president Mike Downey and EFA’s executive director Matthijs Wouter Knol. They are all board members of the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR), which was launched in Venice last year.

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