International filmmaking community calls for immediate release of Myanmar filmmaker Ma Aient

    The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy (EFA), IDFA and IFFR, and other festivals and film institutions, have called on Myanmar authorities to release filmmaker Ma Aeint from custody. As she was leaving her house on 5 June, Ma Aeint was detained. She is now being held in an undisclosed place without official explanation.

    A producer and co-writer on the 2020 Busan International Film Festival screening film Money Has Four Legs, Ma Aient is also an alumna of FAMU Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus and Locarno Open Doors Lab.

    The ICFR statement (9 June) states: «We are very concerned for the well-being of Ma Aeint. We encourage all film and culture institutions around the world to join us in calling upon the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release her. If there are any charges against her, they must be made clear, though her safety must first be guaranteed».

    Additional petition signatories include FIFDH, Movies that Matter, Sundance Institute, Venice Film Festival, Visions du Réel, and several more.

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