Urgent Call for the Release of Myanmar filmmaker Ma Aeint

    photo of filmmaker Ma Aeint outside
    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
      MEMORY !
      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