Published: Thu, February 02, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Director can't attend Oscars under Trump's new restriction

Earlier this week, The Salesman star Taraneh Alidoosti said she would not attend the Oscars as a protest against Trumps (then-proposed) ban.

In the wake of Donald Trump's executive order targeting Muslims and refugees, Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has announced that he will not attend this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Farhadi's The Salesman is up for the Best Foreign Language Film award.

Trump signed the executive order Friday afternoon to suspend entry of refugees to the US for 120 days, and imposed an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria.

Farhadi won the best foreign language Oscar in 2012 for his film 'A Separation'.

In his statement, Farhadi explained that boycotting the Oscars wasn't something he had been interested in before, but that the "unjust conditions" of Trump's order have made it so that "the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me". When the American Civil Liberties Union brought a lawsuit on behalf of two men detained at Kennedy Airport on Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn issued an emergency stay against the order that applies to the entire country and temporarily prevents people who have already come to the us and have visas - or were already coming to the country when the order was signed - from being deported.

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Director Asghar Farhadi attends the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. He said, "I know that many in the American film industry and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are opposed to the fanaticism and extremism which are today taking place more than ever".

He added: 'Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals'.

Trump has ordered a four-month ban on all refugees from entering the country as well as enacting an indefinite ban on all those who hail from Syria. "Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the [Academy Awards] in protest", she wrote on Twitter.

"The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences", said the Academy.

To read Farhadi's full statement, head over to The New York Times.

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