Iranian Director Prohibited from Oscars


On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the migration of Syrian refugees and a handful of Middle Eastern nations into the United States.

Falling under the umbrella of Trump’s first action countering foreign terrorism, Iranian and Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi is unlikely to attend this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. 

Farhadi wrote and directed The Salesman, a film revolving around an Iranian couple whose relationship begins to crumble as they prepare for an on-stage performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

The Salesman was nominated under the Best Foreign Language Film category, with Farhadi having previously won the award in 2012 for his film A Separation. Farhadi is the only Iranian director to claim the Oscar in such a category.

Asghar Farhadi Cannes 2013

Prior to Farhadi’s impending disbarment, Taraneh Alidoosti, one of the stars of the film, had already expressed her intentions to boycott next month’s Academy Awards.

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H/T: Vulture

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