Grant #432


January 6, 2021

She Fought To Free Political Prisoners, And Then She Became One.

Nasrin Sotoudeh has been famous in Iran for many years. As an attorney devoted to human rights, she’s been in and out of prison herself over the course of her career. In 2018 her family was shattered when she was sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison and 148 lashes. It’s an extraordinary punishment for protesting against a mandatory hijab law. During the pandemic, many prisoners were released to help stop the spread of COVID. But just weeks ago, Nasrin was ordered back to prison in a decision that made international news.

This happened to coincide with the release of a documentary about Nasrin and her work that a crew had been secretly filming for several years. They compiled an immersive portrait of a remarkably resilient woman, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman.

Our Awesome Without Borders grant will help pay for some of the archival footage used in the documentary and help with the social impact campaign that the filmmakers hope will call attention to her plight. Nasrin is one of countless political prisoners, locked up for daring to disagree with existing laws.

Our hearts go out to Nasrin and we admire her stand for the rights of women, children, LGBT prisoners, religious minorities, journalists and artists.

We have the freedom to speak up on behalf of others that she’s been denied. Would you take a moment to speak up for Nasrin? Amnesty International is campaigning for her release, and you can sign the petition here.

Category: Activism, Community, Documentary, Film, Law, Media, Women



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