Read Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s Powerful Statement About Why He’s Skipping the Oscars This Year

Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian filmmaker whose attendance at the Academy Awards was thrown into question by Trump’s immigration ban, has confirmed that he will not be attending the ceremony, the New York Times reports. Farhadi’s film The Salesman is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, an award he won in 2012 for A Separation.

In a statement, Farhadi drew a parallel between hardliners in his home country of Iran and the Trump administration, writing, “Instilling fear in the people...

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