Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, boycotted the Oscars in response to President Trump’s temporary immigration ban that was overturned by the courts. Her film, ‘The Salesman,’ won best foreign-language film this evening. In her absence, her sister, Anousha Ansari accepted the award.
In a statement on behalf of her sister, she read: “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.”
“Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to create and capture human qualities. They create empathy between us and others,” continued the statement. “These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression,” she read.
“The possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip.”
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