Sunday, February 26, 2017
As previously reported on ImmigrationProf, two refugee documentaries have been nominated for Academy Awards. The Conversation reveals a prominent foreign absentee from this year’s Oscars ceremonies. Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is one of five films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. But last month, after President Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, Farhadi decided to boycott the Academy Awards ceremony.
“To humiliate one nation with the pretext of guarding the security of another is not a new phenomenon in history and has always laid the groundwork for the creation of future divide and enmity,” he wrote.
UPDATE (Feb. 28): The Salesman won the Oscar.
A statement read on behalf of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who was absent from Academy Awards, challenged President Trump’s “inhumane” travel ban.