Sean Penn and Harvey Weinstein Protest Against Imprisonment of Iranian FilmmakerThe imprisonment of renowned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has put Iran into yet another war with the West, but this time American filmmakers are rolling up their sleeves. As reported by Deadline Hollywood, Amnesty International (AIUSA) has recruited Sean Penn, director Paul Haggis and Harvey Weinstein to campaign against Panahi's six-year sentence for "propaganda against the state."

"As someone who has often gotten in trouble for opening his mouth, it is hard to fathom the idea of being incarcerated for six years simply for speaking my mind, or to be banned from making films for 20 years," Academy Award winner Haggis ('Crash') said.

Widely known for being critical of Iran's political regime, both Panahi and his collaborator, Mohammad Rasoulof, were sentenced to six years in prison and banishment from making movies for two decades on Dec. 18. Haggis, Weinstein and Penn have all signed a petition with AIUSA, and are urging others to support the cause. Since April, other filmmakers have signed the petition, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford and Francis Ford Coppola. Haggis is going to campaign more for the petition at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival on Dec. 28.