Toronto 2023: Noah Centineo protests the imprisonment of filmmaker Saeed Roustaee

Toronto 2023: Noah Centineo protests the imprisonment of filmmaker Saeed Roustaee

Noah Centineo, a 27-year-old American actor, has played various roles for Netflix that have made him a favorite of new generations. He has starred in films such as: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Toronto 2023: Noah Centineo protests the imprisonment of filmmaker Saeed Roustaee95%, Black Adam – 52% and Sierra Burgess is a Loser – 65%, in which he has won the affection of the public both for his great acting performance and for his endearing charisma, and by the way, also for his physical attractiveness.

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To date, this performer had remained with a low profile in relation to positions, strikes, and other issues that, currently, despite being on the margins of the merely acting, have permeated some productions, delaying premieres, pausing filming, etc. . The performers, directors and producers themselves have had to look at the circumstances surrounding their current activity.

Noah Centineo in Black Adam (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)
Noah Centineo in Black Adam (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

According to Varietythis weekend, Noah Centineo spoke during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFf) in order to support Saeed Roustaeean Iranian filmmaker sentenced to prison by his government for the screening of his film Leila’s Brothers (Leila’s Brother) at the Cannes Film Festival without the authorization of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and without making the corrections to the film that were suggested by this institution. He was formally charged with “anti-regime propaganda activity” and will be banned from directing for five years.

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Centineo performed at the festival headquarters in Toronto, during the Friday cocktails, held at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

I’m here for a friend. A friend who knows viscerally that freedom of expression is a gift and that it is not free, even though it should be a basic human right (…) He knows that it must be fought for and protected, and I know that it is not every day that Artists can come together to take a stand and protect one of their own in such a terrible situation.

The Black Adam star appealed to top film festival representatives on behalf of Roustaee, whom he met when they were both on the jury at the Biarritz International Film Festival in June. Other figures showing support for Roustaee include Martin Scorsese and Franchesca Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. In addition to his own comments, Centineo read a letter from journalists Yeganeh and Jason Rezaian, who were arrested and served time in the same prison to which Roustaee will report.

We know these circumstances well. My husband Jason and I were journalists in Tehran, my hometown, when we were arrested in our homes simply for reporting the news, transparently and with permission. I was held in solitary confinement for almost three months and he spent a year and a half behind bars.

The writing read by Centineo continues saying:

Since our launch, we have dedicated much of our time to uplifting and advocating for other creatives in Iran who have suffered a similar fate. He as a columnist for the Washington Post and I as an investigator and advocate for the Committee to Protect Journalists. Please don’t let Saeed be silenced. Use his voice to be his voice.

In mid-August a petition was posted on to appeal Roustaee’s sentence. He is currently awaiting a new court session. This website comments that:

Roustayi is one of the most recent Iranian filmmakers censored and imprisoned by the authoritarian regime. Previously, internationally renowned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panah was banned from leaving Iran and sentenced to six years in prison. He went on a hunger strike and was eventually released within 48 hours.

Likewise, it is said that his latest film, Leila’s brothersoffers a glimpse into Iranian society.

It centers on an Iranian woman trying to help her family as they struggle with economic hardship, the impact of international sanctions, and corruption in Tehran.

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