The Iranian film The Salesman took home the Academy Award for best foreign-language film on Sunday night. In a statement read by Anousheh Ansari on behalf of the film’s director, Asghar Farhadi, he boycotted the awards ceremony to protest President Donald Trump’s January ban barring travelers from seven countries, including Iran.
Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is one of five films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. But last month, after President Trump issued an executive order #MuslimBan temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries – Iran included – Farhadi decided to boycott the annual awards ceremony.
Cohen Media Group acquired the rights to the film in May at Cannes; the man behind the successful distribution business is Charles Cohen, a New York real estate billionaire who was also an executive producer of Frozen River, which received nominations in 2009. “It’s a great feeling of bringing an important film to American audiences from an accomplished and masterful director” said Cohen.
This is Asghar Farhadi’s second Academy Award. He won in this category for 2012 for “A Separation.” Special gratitude to Mr. Farhadi for bringing this prize to a well deserved group of artists and to the Iranian people.
Today, Iranian cinema reveals some of the contradictions of life under a theocracy. Yes, filmmakers must adhere to strict guidelines: The Ministry of Culture forbids unflattering portrayals of Islam, women, the nation and its history. But these rules are vague, and censorship of Iranian films is inconsistent, often based on the tastes of individual officials. Nonetheless, the art cinema of filmmakers like the late Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi and Mohsen Amiryoussefi has received worldwide acclaim. Since the mid 2000s, Iranian films have won awards at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Venice and San Sebastian. (theconversation.com)
More Articles available on The Guardian, NYTimes, Reuters, Washington Post, The Nation, Miami Herald and many more. Both Asghar Farhadi and Lady Jamileh Kharrazi alike have and will continue promoting Iranian Art via music, dance, pictures and movies to the world that has been blinded by the politicians and governments.