Director Cannot Attend Oscars Because Of American President Trump's Immigration Ban
While the world is yet to digest the tough new immigration bans by America's President Donald Trump, its after-effects are already taking its toll.
Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi, who has been nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign film category for his movie The Salesman, may not be able to make it because of these strict immigration laws.
His native Iran, which is where The Salesman was filmed, is one of seven countries listed in Trump's executive order that has placed a 90-day pause on visas and immigration to the U.S.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscars, said: "The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences."
"As supporters of filmmakers-—and the human rights of all people—around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran A Separation, along with the cast and crew of this year’s Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin."
In addition to Iran, the other countries on Trump's blacklist are Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. An Iranian-born actress who stars in Farhadi's The Salesman vowed to boycott the Oscars over Trump's immigration bans. Taraneh Alidoosti, the 33-year-old known as the Natalie Portman of Iran, took to Twitter with a message for fans on Thursday. "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest," she tweeted.
It's worth noting that Farhadi had previously won an Oscar in 2012 for his film A Separation.
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