Urgent Call for the Release of Myanmar filmmaker Ma Aeint

The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and International Film Festival Rotterdam, together with the undersigning, call for the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Ma Aeint.

Ma Aeint was a producer and co-writer of MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS which ran in the New Currents competition at the 2020 Busan International Film Festival and is an alumna of FAMU Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus, Locarno Open Doors Lab, as well as Ties That Bind.

Leaving her house on 5 June, she was detained and is currently being held in an undisclosed place, with no official explanation.

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.

Berlin International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
European Film Promotion
Festival de Cannes
Festival des 3 Continents
German Film Academy
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Locarno Film Festival
Morelia International Film Festival
Mostra de Cinema Àrab i Mediterrani de Catalunya
Movies that Matter
Quinzaine des réalisateurs Cannes
SELO Association of Finnish Film Directors
Semaine de la Critique Cannes
Sicilia Queer filmfest
Sundance Institute
Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film
Sydney Film Festival
Syndicat des Producteurs Indépendants
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
Tokyo International Film Festival
Udine Far East Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Visions du Réel

Berlin, 9 June 2021