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Three Iranian Cineastes Among Invitees To Join Film Academy

Source: Tehran Times

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked three Iranian cineastes to join the organization as the Academy has invited 928 new members from 59 countries.

"Sara and Aida," and "The Salesman" cinematographer Hossein Jafarian, as well as Ali Asgari and Farnush Samadi, the co-directors of "The Silence" and "The Gaze" are the invitees from Iran this year, the Academy announced in a statement published on June 25.

The new members range from stars like "Girls Trip" star Tiffany Haddish, "The Big Sick" co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and comedian and actor Dave Chappelle.

If all those invited accept, female membership would rise to 31 percent from the current 28 percent, and people of color will increase from 13 percent to 16 percent.

Total membership would stand at more than 7,000 actors, writers, directors, executives and others.

In 2017, the Academy picked eight Iranian cineastes including filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, actor Leila Hatami, film editor Hayedeh Safiyari, sound engineer Mohammadreza Delpak and producer Hengameh Panahi.

Legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was among the list of the invitees in 2016.

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