The Iranian film, “The Salesman” won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday night, sparking the country’s foreign minister to criticize President Donald Trump for his travel ban.
“Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted after the win. “Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia.”
Proud of cast & crew of “The Salesman” for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) February 27, 2017
According to The Hill, the director of the film, Asghar Farhadi did not attend the event in protest of Trump’s ban.
“My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.,” Farhadi said via messenger.
“Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear — a deceitful justification for aggression and war,” his statement continued. “These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.”
Below is the trailer of the film.
H/T: The Hill
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