Trump’s Ban on Travel Visas Stops Oscar-Nominated Iranian Film Director From Attending Awards

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President Trump’s refugee ban, aimed at keeping would-be terrorists from entering the U.S., appears to already be affecting the entertainment industry by barring entry to a film director for this year’s Oscars.

Two-time Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi, who wrote and directed The Salesman, Iran’s entry for best foreign-language film, would not be able to obtain permission to enter the USA for the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 unless special permission is granted.

It’s a result of Friday’s newly signed executive order, commonly referred to as the Muslim ban, which places a three-month ban on new travel visas for citizens from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. (The State Department has listed Iran, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism.)

Compatriot and Salesman star Taraneh Alidoosti had already announced she planned to boycott the ceremony before Trump signed his executive order, which she deemed “racist.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jayme Deerwester