Motion Picture Academy “Extremely Troubled” By Travel Ban; Director Asghar Farhadi Could Be Kept Out

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences called the possibility that Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi could be prohibited from attending the Feb. 26 Oscars due to President Donald Trump’s visa ban “extremely troubling.” Farhadi’s The Salesman (see trailer below) is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. AMPAS’s full statement reads: “The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences…

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