NEWSWEEK Magazine issued the following statement on July 1:
Maziar Bahari has been detained in Iran since June 21 without access to a lawyer. An Iranian state news agency reports that Bahari has said he participated in a Western media effort to promote irresponsible reporting in Iran. NEWSWEEK strongly disputes that charge, and defends Bahari's work. Maziar Bahari is a veteran journalist whose long career, both in print and in documentary filmmaking, has been accurate, even-handed, and widely respected. NEWSWEEK again calls for his immediate release.
The Harvard Film Archives had this to say about Bahari's work:
"In a country known for neorealist fiction films that focus on small events in the lives of individuals, the work of Iranian director Maziar Bahari is somewhat anomalous. Employing a traditional documentary style to explore more far-reaching cultural events, Bahari's films provide a glimpse inside contemporary Iranian culture as they reveal the human element behind the headlines and capture cultural truths through the lens of individual experience. Representing a new generation of young Iranian filmmakers, Bahari's trenchant looks at social issues in his country have brought both controversy and international acclaim."
Mohammad and the Matchmaker 1
Here are a few films directed by Maziar Bahari:
Witness Online Ayatollah
Ayatollah Sanei shares his office and his family meal with film maker Maziar Bahari, revealing a traditional holy man offering very modern advice Ayatollah Sanei shares his office and his family meal with film maker Maziar Bahari, revealing a traditional holy man offering very modern advice.
Tehran Diary: The Midwife
Haleh Khorram studied to be a midwife in France, then returned to Tehran to practice and be near her family (Video: Maziar Bahari, Mehdi Ganji)
Qum Diary: The Cleric
Seyyed Ebrahim Lajvardi manages the day-to-day operations of some of Irans holiest (Web) sites (Video: Maziar Bahari, Mehdi Ganji)
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