Oscar-nominated director Asghar Farhadi unable to attend Academy Awards because of Trump
Iran's Asghar Farhadi is unable to attend this year's Oscars, where is film is nominated, because of Donald Trump's ban on people travelling from seven Muslim majority countries.
Trump announced this week that nationals from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Iran, Sudan and Yemen will be refused access to the US for 90 days.
The ban will prevent Iranian director Farhadi from attending the 2017 Academy Awards which are set to take place on Sunday, February 26.
Farhadi is a multi-award winning Iranian director and writer. His film, The Salesman, is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film representing Iran.
He was nominated for a screenwriting Oscar for A Separation, which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2012. The film made history by becoming the first Iranian film to win an Academy Award.
One of the stars of the film, Taraneh Alidoosti, had previously announced she would boycott the Oscars due to the impending visa restrictions placed on Iran.
Farhadi could obtain special permission to enter the US but so far he has not made a statement on the situation.
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A statement from the Academy said: "The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences.
"As supporters of filmmakers - and the human rights of all people - around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran A Separation, along with the cast and crew of this year's Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin."
Farhadi's film, The Salesman, is up against Land of Mine (Denmark), Toni Erdmann (Germany), It's Only the End of the World (Canada) and Tanna (Australia), in the same category.
The Salesman, also picked up Best Screenplay and Best Actor at Cannes in May.
The Salesman opens in Ireland on March 31.