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AFP: Syrian film director banned from visiting Jordan

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 20, 2006 at 5:05AM

Film director Omar Amiralay, whose trenchant documentaries on life and government in Syria earned him praise abroad, has briefly been arrested by Syrian authorities at the Jordanian border and barred from leaving the country, a leading human rights activist said. Ammar al-Qorabi, president of the National Organisation for Human Rights in Syria, said Amiralay was heading to Jordan on Monday to work on his new film -- the reason for his repeated visits to the neighboring country. Agence France Presse reports.
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Film director Omar Amiralay, whose trenchant documentaries on life and government in Syria earned him praise abroad, has briefly been arrested by Syrian authorities at the Jordanian border and barred from leaving the country, a leading human rights activist said. Ammar al-Qorabi, president of the National Organisation for Human Rights in Syria, said Amiralay was heading to Jordan on Monday to work on his new film -- the reason for his repeated visits to the neighboring country. Agence France Presse reports.







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