Watch Iranian winner #Asghar_Farhadi’s statement protesting #Trump’s “inhuman law”
🔴Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won his second Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this time for The Salesman. Farhadi, in protest of President Trump’s executive orders banning travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, was not present to accept the award.
🔴In his place, the award was accepted by two Iranian-American scientists: the former head of #NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory #Firouz_Naderi and engineer Anousheh Ansari, who is perhaps best known as the first Iranian astronaut to go to space. Ansari read a statement on behalf of Farhadi, condemning the Muslim ban as “inhumane” and going on to say that "dividing the world into us and our enemies categories creates fear.”
🔴As Farhadi told the New York Times in a statement when Trump first signed the order in late January, he decided not to attend even if he could be granted an exception, saying it “now seems that the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip.”
🔴So instead of Farhadi giving a speech, #Iranian_American businesswoman #Anousheh_Ansari — the first Iranian to go to space — read a statement from him:
It's a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the academy, my crew in Iran, my producer, Amazon, and my fellow nominees.
I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhuman law that bans entry of immigrants to the US. Dividing the world into the “us" and "our enemies" categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others.