Asghar Farhadi Would Not Attend Academy Awards


The Iranian director Mr Asghar Farhadi who also won Oscar Award said that he would not attend next month’s Academy Awards. Comparing the visa ban of President Donald Trump in seven Muslim countries to the actions of hardliners in his country.

Farhadi has nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film for “The Salesman. He said in a statement that he had initially planned to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles. He but forced to change his mind. Trump signed an executive order on Friday. Order was prohibiting entry to the United States to all nationals of seven Muslim-majority states like Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Asghar Farhadi Would Not Attend Academy Awards

“I neither had the intention not to attend nor did I want to boycott this event as a show of objection. I come to know that many in the American film industry and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences are opposed to the fanaticism and extremism. The things which are taking place today more than ever,” Farhadi declared in his statement, which also published Sunday in the New York Times, among other major newspapers around the world. “However, it now appears that ifs and buts are conducting the possibility of this presence. And these things are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions to performed for my trip.”

Asghar Farhadi

He said hardliners in both Iran and the United States acted with the same mentality. “For some years on both sides of the ocean, groups of hard-liners decided to present to their people unrealistic. And fearful images of various nations and cultures to turn their differences into disagreements, their differences into enmities and their enmities into fears.

“Gradually but firmly an established fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behaviour by narrow-minded individuals,” he said. His lead actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, already announced in the last week that she would boycott the awards over Trump’s “racist” visa ban. Farhadi won the best foreign language Oscar in 2012 for his film “A Separation”.

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