Iranian group: Oscar-nominated director can’t attend awards because of Trump ban

Iranian group: Oscar-nominated director can’t attend awards because of Trump ban
Asghar Farhadi

An Oscar-winning Iranian film director who directed a movie nominated for again this year will not be able to attend the Academy Awards because of President Trump’s crackdown, a top Iranian-American group says.

Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), tweeted that Asghar Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” will not be able to enter the U.S.

Trump on Friday signed an executive order halting entry into the U.S. by Syrian refugees as well as people from certain Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

“Confirmed: Iran’s Asghar Farhadi won’t be let into the US to attend Oscar’s. He’s nominated for best foreign language film… #MuslimBan,” Parsi wrote on Twitter.

Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Sudan are the other countries part of the ban.

“The Salesman” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy Awards.

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