Egyptian authorities have released filmmaker John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani after nearly 50 days in a Cairo prison.

The “Free Tarek & John” movement confirmed the news.

They had been arrested by Egyptian police in Cairo on August 16.

Greyson and Loubani were travelling through Cairo on their way to Gaza - Greyson prepping a film project and Loubani working on a medical aid project - when they were detained in Cairo’s Tora prison.

They are currently in a Toronto hotel and their travel plans will be confirmed in coming days.

“They just came to their cell and said, ‘Come with us,’ ” Loubani’s brother Mohammed told the Toronto Star. “They had no idea what was happening until they arrived at the police station. They were stunned.”

For Screen’s previous stories about their arrests, see: