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Published on Sep 12, 2012
Orwa Nyrabia, the Syrian filmmaker who was abducted on August 23rd, was released by the Syrian government today. He had been taken by Military Security, but was turned over to a civilian court yesterday, which reviewed his case and freed him. Family members say that he is strong and in good spirits.
Filmmakers from all over the world had called for his release. They included Martin Scorsese, Anne Marie Jacir, Nabil Maleh, Robert De Niro, and many other prominent actors, directors, producers, and writers . The Directors Guild of America, the Toronto International Film Festival, ArteEast, the Berlin Film Festival, and others, released important public statements to bring attention to Orwa's situation.