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15. Director Asghar Farhadi Boycotted the Oscars to Protest Trump's Travel Ban
While Iran's The Salesman won Best Foreign Language Film this year, director Asghar Farhadi chose not to attend the Oscars ceremony to make a pointed statement of protest against Trump's travel ban. Accepting the award on his behalf was Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and the first Iranian woman in space.

“It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time,” Farhadi's statement read. “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of [the] other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry to immigrants to the U.S. dividing the world into the “us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others between us and others, an empathy that we need today more than ever.”