Iranian Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi on why he wouldn't attend this year’s ceremony even if he could

The Salesman director issued a statement warning of “hardliners” creating an “us and them mentality.”

A week ago, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi was preparing to come to the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26, where his film The Salesman is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Then President Trump signed his executive order to broadly crack down on Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees, including a 90-day visa ban for anyone from Iran, Iraq,

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