Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, won the Oscars for the second time after his movie ‘The Salesman’ won the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.

Farhadi who boycotted the ceremony had his acceptance speech read by Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, on his behalf at the event in Los Angeles.

In the speech, Farhadi condemned Donald Trump’s ‘inhumane’ travel ban. The statement read: “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.”

The Oscar winning director even accused the US president of “dividing the world into the US and ‘our enemies’ categories”

“Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever,” added the filmmaker.

Last month President Trump signed an executive order or immigration that barred immigrants and refugees from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the United States.
Mr Farhadi won his first Oscar in the year 2012 for his movie ‘A Separation’.

First Published | 27 February 2017 5:20 PM
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