Published: Sun, January 29, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Asghar Farhadi News, Pictures, and Videos

Asghar Farhadi News, Pictures, and Videos

U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial plan to control immigration, justified under the aim of preventing a terrorist attack, will prohibit Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi from attending the award ceremony. There have been claims circulating that Iranian director Asghar Farhadi reportedly "won't be let into" the USA for the Oscars ceremony. "The Salesman", directed by Asghar Farhadi, was on Tuesday nominated for best foreign language film.

This week, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning entry to the US for refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. Filmmaker Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith did not attend last year's ceremony over a lack of diversity among nominees.

"When we place humanity at the top of the pyramid, at the pinnacle, then black or white, Iranian or American, everybody resembles one another", Farhadi said. It became the first Iranian film to win an Oscar. "Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest..." For 90 days, visas will also not be issued to nationals from several Muslim countries - Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Farhadi's native Iran. According to the Iranian Students' News Agency, Farhadi's office denies that it's illegal for him to travel to the USA, though the report does not mention how Farhadi can enter the country against the executive order.

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Trump says the plan will protect the USA from terrorist threats, but it has been widely criticized for being racist, unconstitutional and ineffective in preventing terrorism.

As well as the Academy Award, Farhadi also holds a Golden Globe Award, and was named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Farhadi's The Salesman actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, recently said she will boycott the Oscars in protest of Trump's policy.

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