Jailed Iranian Actress Is Released

(CNN) — An Iranian actress who was sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for appearing in a film critical of the country’s government has been released, according to Amnesty International and the film’s producers.   Actress Marzieh Vafamehr stared in the recently released “My Tehran for Sale.” In the film, she appears in one scene without the head-covering Iranian women must wear, while in another she appears to drink alcohol, Amnesty International said.   Vafamehr was released Monday night after an appeals court cut her sentence to three months and overturned the 90 lashes, the rights group said.   Cyan Films, which produced “My Tehran for Sale,” reported that the actress is now with her family.   “As filmmakers, we believe in freedom of speech and support all artists who are imprisoned and punished in Iran for expressing themselves through their art. We admire their courage and the contribution they make to sharing with the world their truth about life for Iranian people,” said Kate Croser and Julie Ryan, producers of the film.   In August, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran… >>>

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