Iranian filmmaker was women's rights activist

Iranian filmmaker and women’s rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi was arrested at her Tehran home on Sunday by unidentified security forces, according to Iranian website Kaleme.com.

The site said the reason for her arrest was unknown, but suggested she may have been apprehended by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

This is Mohammadi’s second arrest in three years: In August 2009, she was held for laying a wreath on the grave of a young woman who was killed during the protests of the re-election of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mohammadi has long been an avid fighter and voice for women’s rights in Iran. She directed the short documentary “Women Without Shadows” and contributed to Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s “We Are Half of Iran’s Population,” a docu on women’s demands for the 2009 presidential poll in the country.

She recently announced that she was working on a new docu about Iranian women.

According to AFP, industryites in Paris said Mohammadi’s passport had been seized in May to prevent her travelling to the Cannes Film Festival for a screening of helmer Reza Serkanian’s “Marriage Ephemeral,” in which she played lead.

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