Oscar-Nominated Director Can’t Attend Academy Award Due to Trump’s Muslim Ban

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This week, president Trump announced that nationals from seven different Muslim countries will temporarily be refused access to the United States. This will affect a number of people, including famous Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose movie “The Salesman” is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards, which will be held on February 26.

Trump’s ban will prevent visas from being issued to nationals from Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Sudan for 90 days, while refugees won’t be able to enter the United States for 120 days.

Today, the Tribeca Film Festival tweeted in outrage regarding the fact that Farhadi won’t be able to attend the ceremony. “Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi has been banned from entry into the U.S. to attend the ceremony in Feb. This is heartbreaking and unacceptable,” was tweeted by the official Twitter page of the Tribeca Film Festival.

An Iranian actress in “The Salesman” named Taraneh Alidoosti tweeted that she feels like the visa ban for Iranians is racist and that she would not attend the Academy Awards in protest even if the ban doesn’t include a cultural event.

It’s worth mentioning that Asghar won an Oscar back in 2012 for a film called “A Separation.” It’s truly a shame that such a talented director won’t be able to attend the Academy Awards this year.