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‘The Salesman’, ‘Leila’s Brothers’ Actress Taraneh Alidoosti Takes Brave Stance In Iranian Freedom Protests

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Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who was at the Cannes Film Festival this year with Competition Title Leila’s Brothers, has posted an image of herself on social media without her headscarf in support of ongoing protests in Iran calling more freedom of women.

Her defiant removal of her headscarf, which is obligatory in public settings for women under Iran’s Sharia Law, comes as widespread anti-government protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini on September 16 enter their third month in Iran.

Posing with her long hair hanging loose, Alidoosti held up a sign carrying the slogan of the protest “Woman. Life. Freedom.” in the Kurdish language, even though she herself does not have Kurdish roots.

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