The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) is concerned for the safety of TPFF advisory board member Professor John Greyson, and Dr. Tarek Loubani who were arrested by Egyptian authorities on August 16th, 2013 on unknown charges.
Professor Greyson was accompanying Dr. Loubani to the Gaza Strip to do preliminary research on a film project to be set in the region. Dr. Loubani was working on a medical training collaboration between the University of Western Ontario and al-Shifa hospital, the main hospital in the Gaza Strip.
Canadian and Egyptian authorities should be aware of Professor Greyson’s and Dr. Loubani’s dedication to humanitarian work in their fields. In addition to being an admired university professor and award-winning filmmaker, Professor Greyson has played an integral role in the festival as an advisor for the last five years, providing us with invaluable programming guidance and support. Professor Greyson has used his skill, art and reputation to spotlight human rights issues in Canada and abroad, including the plight of Palestinians.
Dr. Loubani is a well-respected emergency room doctor at the University of Western Ontario and a member of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. He has worked tirelessly to provide volunteer medical care in conflict situations such as Gaza, and for refugees in Canada.
The Toronto Palestine Film Festival calls on the Canadian government and Egyptian Embassy to urgently assist in securing the immediate safety and prompt release of Professor Greyson and Dr. Loubani.
Dania Majid, Programmer/Media Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org (TPFF related inquiries).
Media Inquiries regarding John Greyson and Tarek Loubani should be directed to Justin Podur: 416-407-7795 or email@example.com.