Oscar Nominated Iranian Filmmaker Barred From Ceremony; Academy Responds

Asghar Farhadi, the Academy Award winning Director of ‘A Separation’, currently nominated in the best foreign language film category for ‘The Salesman,’ has been barred from entering the US from Iran due to the newly implemented Immigration restrictions.

On 29 January, the Academy released the following statement in solidarity with Asghar:

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.

Needless to say, everything about the current Immigration “ban” is misguided (at best) and straight up bigoted (at worse). Apparently, People Magazine contacted The White House who said (ambiguously), that Asgahr could still enter the country, with a source claiming that he would qualify for a waiver exempting him from the ban…but the is Trump’s White House we’re talking about, so….

Source: AV Club

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