[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscar Ceremony

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 29 10:47:13 MST 2017

(I am a great admirer of Farhadi's work even though I had major problem 
with his latest film. It is outrageous that he is being barred from the 
USA. With Trump defunding the National Endowment for the Arts, this is 
just another indication that we are a truly barbarian nation.)

NY Times, Jan. 29 2017
Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won’t Attend Oscar Ceremony

TEHRAN — The Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose film “The Salesman” 
is nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language movie, said 
on Sunday that he would not attend the Oscars ceremony next month even 
if he were granted an exception to President Trump’s visa ban for 
citizens from Iran and several other predominantly Muslim countries.

Mr. Farhadi said he had planned to attend the Feb. 26 ceremony in Los 
Angeles and while there bring attention to a decision he called 
“unjust.” But the executive order signed by President Trump on Friday 
presented “ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if 
exceptions were to be made for my trip,” he said in a statement to The 
New York Times.

The executive order blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for 
citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also 
suspended entry of all refugees for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees 

Here is Mr. Farhadi’s statement:

I regret to announce via this statement that I have decided to not 
attend the Academy Awards Ceremony alongside my fellow members of the 
cinematic community.

Over the course of the past few days and despite the unjust 
circumstances which have risen for the immigrants and travelers of 
several countries to the United States, my decision had remained the 
same: to attend this ceremony and to express my opinions about these 
circumstances in the press surrounding the event. I neither had the 
intention to not attend nor did I want to boycott the event as a show of 
objection, for I know that many in the American film industry and the 
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are opposed to the 
fanaticism and extremism which are today taking place more than ever. 
Just as I had stated to my distributor in the United States on the day 
the nominees were announced, that I would be attending this ceremony 
along with my cinematographer, I continued to believe that I would be 
present at this great cultural event.

However, it now seems that the possibility of this presence is being 
accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if 
exceptions were to be made for my trip. I would therefore like to convey 
via this statement what I would have expressed to the press were I to 
travel to the United States. Hard-liners, despite their nationalities, 
political arguments and wars, regard and understand the world in very 
much the same way. In order to understand the world, they have no choice 
but to regard it via an “us and them” mentality, which they use to 
create a fearful image of “them” and inflict fear in the people of their 
own countries.

This is not just limited to the United States; in my country hardliners 
are the same. For years on both sides of the ocean, groups of hardliners 
have tried to present to their people unrealistic and fearful images of 
various nations and cultures in order to turn their differences into 
disagreements, their disagreements into enmities and their enmities into 
fears. Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to 
justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals.

However, I believe that the similarities among the human beings on this 
earth and its various lands, and among its cultures and its faiths, far 
outweigh their differences. I believe that the root cause of many of the 
hostilities among nations in the world today must be searched for in 
their reciprocal humiliation carried out in its past and no doubt the 
current humiliation of other nations are the seeds of tomorrow’s 
hostilities. To humiliate one nation with the pretext of guarding the 
security of another is not a new phenomenon in history and has always 
laid the groundwork for the creation of future divide and enmity. I 
hereby express my condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some 
of my compatriots and the citizens of the other six countries trying to 
legally enter the United States of America and hope that the current 
situation will not give rise to further divide between nations.

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