Hollywood's Gus Van Sant joins call for release of Canadian director and doctor
Gus Van Sant, the Oscar-nominated director of Good Will Hunting and Milk, has joined the call for the release of two Canadians from an Egyptian prison.
Canadians Dr. Tarek Loubani and director John Greyson were arrested and detained in Cairo when they approached a police station for directions on August 16.
Their fate remains in limbo after a prosecutor failed to show up for meeting with the lawyer for the two men.
Greyson's sister, Cecilia Greyson, who maintains a blog on the status of the two men, wrote on her blog that she received a letter of support from Van Sant on September 2.
I have know [sic] John Greyson for 33 years, and he has always impressed me as one the most informed and helpful people I have ever met. I am concerned for his well being after his arrest. I hope that you will release him and allow him to continue his wonderful and helpful life.
Previously, Canadian director Atom Egoyan and actor Arsinee Khanjian released a video asking for the two men to be freed.
Both Canadian men have a history of social activism, and Greyson, like Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), has made numerous LGBT–themed films.
Meanwhile, members of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society carried a "Free John and Tarek" banner in Calgary's Pride Parade on September 1. Supporters also marched in the Toronto's Labour Day Parade on September 2 carrying signs of support for the two men.