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Emmy Winner Shohreh Aghdashloo on ‘The Expanse,’ Trump and Stereotypes of Middle Eastern Actors

19 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In 2004, Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo became the first woman from the Middle East to be nominated for an Oscar, for her work in “House of Sand and Fog” opposite Ben Kingsley. She is also the first Iranian woman to win an Emmy, for her performance as Saddam Hussein’s wife in the HBO-bbc miniseries “House of Saddam.”

More recently, Aghdashloo has appeared in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Star Trek Beyond,” and plays high-ranking United Nations politician Chrisjen Avasarala in Syfy channel series “The Expanse,” which was recently renewed for a third season.

Aghdashloo spoke to Variety at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where she is a juror, about why the lead role of Avasarala represents a milestone in her struggle to smash stereotypes for Middle Eastern actors in Hollywood and how she hopes there is no turning back now.

You’ve often decried that, for years, the only roles you could get in Hollywood were »

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16 Stellar Films About Immigration For These Turbulent Times

1 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

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By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.

A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by »

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Shohreh Aghdashloo Decries Trump’s Muslim Ban: ‘We Cannot Afford to Be Enemies’ (Exclusive)

29 January 2017 4:16 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo said she was “saddened and heartbroken” at President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries, telling TheWrap on Sunday, “We cannot afford to be enemies with anyone anymore.” The Iranian-American actress — best known for “Star Trek Beyond,” Fox’s “24”and her Oscar-nominated turn in the 2003 drama “House of Sand and Fog” — said she had been deluged with messages from American friends since the news of Trump’s executive order on Friday banning entry to the United States from seven countries, including her native Iran. Also Read: Trump Travel Ban Would Keep Iranian. »

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