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Free Nasrin and ALL Iran’s Political Prisoners: Heroism for These Times

Revolution Books presents...Free Nasrin and ALL Iran’s Political Prisoners: Heroism for These Times

Learn about the courageous life and work of imprisoned human-rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh...the making of this extraordinary film by Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross...the dire situation for political prisoners in Iran...and why all who stand for justice and yearn for a better world should stand with these political prisoners.

Nasrin has been sentenced to decades in prison and dozens of lashes. She now has COVID-19 and a heart condition but continues to challenge the authorities and advocate for other political prisoners.

Nasrin was filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make the film. “Nasrin will make you angry at injustice, and give you hope. This is a must-see film!” - Gloria Steinem

Held Sunday, February 7, 2021 the panel featured:

**Jeff Kaufman co-produced, directed, and wrote Nasrin. He also made the Emmy-nominated documentary Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life and other documentaries, short films for Amnesty International, and programs for the Discovery and History Channels.

**Marcia S. Ross co-produced Nasrin. She has been an independent casting director and casting executive for three decades at Walt Disney Motion Pictures and Warner Brothers TV. Film and TV credits include Clueless, Murder in Mississippi, and The Princess Diaries.

**Dr. Shahrzad Mojab is director of Critical Studies in Equity & Solidarity, New College at the University of Toronto. She is the author of several books including Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge; Marxism and Feminism; and The Art of Resistance in the Middle East.

**Karin Deutsch Karlekar is director of PEN America’s Free Expression At Risk Programs. She has almost two decades of experience in global free expression, press freedom, and digital rights issues, as well as advocacy and assistance work on behalf of writers, bloggers, and journalists.

**Kave Milani is a political activist and representative of “Burn the Cage, Free the Birds” campaign in Europe -- in solidarity with political prisoners in Iran.

**Raymond Lotta, host and moderator, is on the staff of Revolution Books in Harlem, a political economist and writer for revcom.us, and an advocate for the new communism developed by Bob Avakian.

**Short videos from Maryam Claren, daughter of political prisoner Nahid Taghavi; and revolutionary artist Shekib Mosadeq performing “Burn the Cage.”

Read, sign, and circulate the statement initiated by long-time feminist activist Carol Downer and Dolly Veale.
 
From the statement:
 
"The U.S. and Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) regimes have their national interests but we and the people of these countries have OUR shared interests. It is in the interest of the people all over the world to unite and defend the political prisoners of Iran whose lives and dignity are in imminent, mortal danger. People in the U.S. have a special responsibility and opportunity to unite across all social and political movements or divides against this vile repression by the IRI, and to actively oppose any war moves by the U.S. government that would bring even more horrific suffering to the people of Iran...
 
Some relevant resources:
 
 
From Ike to Mao and Beyond—My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist, a memoir by Bob Avakian
excerpt: “It’s Not Our Embassy!”
 
 
 
Event date: 
Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
2444 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704-1611
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