Asghar Farhadi says he will not attend the Oscars after Trump's veto

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

Although he may be a candidate for an exception to the order, the Iranian director will not attend the award

A few days ago the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, signed an order stipulating that citizens from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iran will be banned from entering the country during the next four months.

Portada asgharOriginalImage, source: official Facebook page ofAsghar Farhadi

This measure undoubtedly caused controversy and discontent on the part of the citizenship, in addition that it has affected many people among which is the Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, an acclaimedfilmmaker who has previously won the Oscar and Golden Globe for his work, and this year is nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film for his film "The Salesman."

On the other hand, according to People magazine, a White House source assured that Farhadi could qualify for an exception to the presidential order, however the director issued a statement recently, which states that even if he was allowed to go to the awards, he will not attend in protest to the injustices that are currently occurring in the United States.

“I regret to announce via this statement that I have decided to not attend the Academy Awards Ceremony alongside my fellow members of the cinematic community.

asghar2OriginalImage, source: official Facebook page ofAsghar Farhadi

Over the course of the past few days and despite the unjust circumstances which have risen for the immigrants and travelers of several countries to the United States, my decision had remained the same: to attend this ceremony and to express my opinions about these circumstances in the press surrounding the event. I neither had the intention to not attend nor did I want to boycott the event as a show of objection, for 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. Just as I had stated to my distributor in the United States on the day the nominees were announced, that I would be attending this ceremony along with my cinematographer, I continued to believe that I would be present at this great cultural event”, said the filmmaker.

“However, it now seems that 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. I would therefore like to convey via this statement what I would have expressed to the press were I to travel to the United States. Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very much the same way. In order to understand the world, they have no choice but to regard it via an “us and them” mentality, which they use to create a fearful image of “them” and inflict fear in the people of their own countries” he added.

The measures taken by the current president were condemned by many personalities, and in the most recent edition of the SAG Awards was an important topic of conversation, as the celebrities who won the night did not hesitate to show their discontent and their support to those affected in their speeches.

Mo FarahOriginal image, source: official Facebook page ofMo Farah

On the other hand the British athlete Mo Farah, the Olympic legend, shared in social networks a message in which he explained that by his Somali origin, these new laws also affect him directly, and this measure could mean for him, not being able to see his children, since his family resides in the United States, and his profession demands for him to travel around the world.


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