Oscar-winning director won't be let into the US to attend the Oscars following Trump's Muslim Ban
Asghar Farhadi is nominated for best foreign language film for his movie The Salesman.
An Iranian film director that was nominated for an Oscar looks set to miss the prestigious event after the US government's decision to ban nationals from 7 Muslim countries from entering the US.
Author Trita Parsi, who leads non-profit organisation National Iran-American Council, confirmed the news.
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
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 28, 2017
In an executive order that was issued last night, President Trump approved of significant changes to the visa and refugee programs in the United States.
Among the many points (document included below), it includes:
- Cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States in fiscal 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000.
- An 120 day suspension on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which identifies and processes refugees for resettlement in the US.
- Suspending the entry of all “immigrants and nonimmigrants” from Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Libya for a period of 90 days. This may also apply to citizens of Libya, Yemen and Somalia, depending on the interpretation.
- A ban om all Syrian refugees from entering the US, for an indefinite period.
Here is the "extreme vetting" executive order President Trump signed pic.twitter.com/lX3MpU7eXb
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 27, 2017
Farhadi has already won an Oscar in 2011 for his film A Separation, but it now appears very likely that he's going to be unable to attend Hollywood's biggest night in February.
His new film, The Salesman, tells the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
Regarding the measures, Trump said this on Friday: "I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. Don't want them here. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."