Maryam Moghadam in "Closed Curtain".

Swedish-Iranian actress may soon be able to leave Iran

Swedish-Iranian actress Maryam Moghaddam may soon be given back her passport and allowed to leave Iran, Swedish Radio's Culture department reports.

Moghaddam's passport was confiscated a year ago by the Iranian authorities, and has been unable to leave the country since then. In a phone call to Swedish Radio she says she met with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt during his recent visit to Teheran, and says she is to get her passport back thanks to the Swedish pressure on the Iranian government.

"I have waited for a year now, but this time it feels ok", she said, "I've had a lot of support from the Foreign Ministry, all my friends and colleagues in Sweden and the embassy here. I have been promised I'll get my passport back, so it feels good."

Maryam Moghaddam has performed at the Gothenburg City Theater and Backa Theatre and starred in the Iranian film "Closed Curtain" which was shown at the Berlin Film Festival last year. She then went to Iran on family business, and has not been allowed to leave the country since then.

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