Academy Rips Trump’s “Extremely Troubling” Travel Ban That May Keep Iran Filmmaker From Oscars

Asghar Farhadi

Reacting to reports that Iranian director Asghar Farhadi could be prevented from attending the 89th Academy Awards where his film The Salesman is nominated as best foreign language film, the Motion Picture Academy today said that the situation is “extremely troubling.”

An Academy spokesperson released the following statement, “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…