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The Iranian director of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman addressed a London protest against President Donald Trump‘s travel ban just hours before the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Addressing a crowd of about 10,000 via a video link from Tehran, Asghar Farhadi told protestors, “I am extremely happy that the scattered reactions from people and art communities across the globe shown to the oppressive travel ban of immigrants has developed into a powerful and unified movement,” according to The Guardian.
“This solidarity is off to a great start. I hope this movement will continue and spread for it has within itself »
- Mike Miller
Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-nominated Iranian drama “The Salesman” will receive a free open-air premiere in London on Feb. 26, the night of the Oscars ceremony. London mayor Sadiq Khan will host the screening as part of his ‘London is open’ campaign, celebrating the British capital’s diversity.
The screening will see London’s iconic Trafalgar Square transformed into a public cinema for an audience of up to 10,000 people just hours before the start of the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where “The Salesman” is nominated for best foreign language film.
“Screening ‘The Salesman’ in Trafalgar Square has a great symbolic value for me,” said Farhadi. “The gathering of the audience around ‘The Salesman’ in this famous London square is a symbol of unity against the division and separation of people. I welcome and appreciate this invaluable show of solidarity.”
Farhadi announced last month that he would not attend the Oscars in »
- Robert Mitchell
The film’s director Asghar Farhadi is boycotting the Oscars in protest over Us immigration policy.
Oscar-nominated Iranian film The Salesman will be screened in Trafalgar Square for free to demonstrate London’s “openness to the World”.
The film’s director Asghar Farhadi has already said he will boycott this year’s Academy Awards over Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, which restricted travel from seven predominantly Muslim counties, including Iran.
Khan told London paper The Evening Standard: “Londoners have always prided themselves on their openness to the world, and what better way to do that than to come together to watch this powerful film in one of the world’s most famous public spaces.”
The screening, for up to 10,000 people »
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