Iranian police confiscated the passports of both artists and asked them to attend an interrogation at one of the centers for the Iranian Ministry of Information in Tehran.
Fatemah Motamed-Aria and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb have both been actively involved in supporting the Iranian Green Movement which has been protesting the Iranian presidential election results. Fatemah Motamed-Aria had been interrogated several times by Iranian police during the last few months.
The two were traveling to attend “Up Close and Personal: Iranian Filmmakers in Their Own Words”, a screening of recent of Iranian films arranged by the Academy of Motion Pictures, UCLA, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. So far, there has been no reaction from the event organizers to the Iranian government’s decision to prevent the attendance of actress Fatemah Motamed-Aria and filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.