Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 became the first Iranian to win an Oscar with his film ‘A Separation’, has been told that he will not be able to attend the Oscars. This is not because they don’t want him there but because he is banned from entering the United States of America, as a result of what is being affectionately called the ‘Muslim ban’.
The ban, actually titled ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States’, while not explicitly targeting Muslims, does ban people from seven countries entering the United States these countries being Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. All of the seven countries listed in the executive order have muslim population of above 90%.
Farhadi’s film ‘The Salesman’ is up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, alongside the other offerings of ‘Land of Mine’, ‘A Man Called Ove’, ‘Tanna’, and ‘Toni Erdmann’. The movie is about a high school teacher, portrayed by Shahab Hosseini, who seeks revenge against the perpetrator who attacked his wife, portrayed by Taraneh Alidoosti, in their apartment. Lead actress Taraneh Alidoosti has said this via twitter.
This is just the latest in a flood of controversy surrounding Trump and the executive orders the most powerful orange in the world has signed since coming into power on the 20th of January. This is only elevated by the fact that he signed what many people are calling a ‘religion-based ban’ on Holocaust Memorial Day.
This year’s Oscars will take place on the 26th of February, and ‘The Salesman’ will be released in the UK on the 31st of March.