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Iranian Director Farhadi Sending Substitutes To Oscars In Immigration Policy Protest

Source: RFE/RL

The Oscar-nominated Iranian director of the film The Salesman has said he will not attend the February 26 Academy Awards but will send two prominent Iranian-Americans in his place. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said on February 24 that director Asghar Farhadi made the decision in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's now-suspended crackdown on immigration.

L to R: Dr. Firouz Naderi, Asghar Farhadi and Anousheh Ansari

Electronic engineer and businesswoman Anousheh Ansari and Firouz Naderi, a NASA executive, will be Farhadi's representatives at the Oscars, ISNA said.

Ansari also has a connection to the space program, being the first Iranian and first Muslim woman in space when she paid to become a "space tourist" in 2006 aboard a Russian Soyuz craft.

The report did not say why Farhadi chose the pair, but show-business publication Variety speculated that he did not want anyone overtly political and hoped to underline that America is a nation of immigrants.

Trump said his immigration crackdown was made to prevent potential terrorists from entering the United States.

The Salesman, a drama set in Tehran, is competing in the best foreign language Oscar category.

Shahab Hosseini (L) and Taraneh Alidusti in The Salesman
(Forushandeh in Persian)
(watch the trailer)

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

Based on reporting by AP, Variety, and Reuters

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