Iranian director can't attend Oscars due to Muslim ban

Oscar-nominated director can't attend awards because of Trump ban Iranian group

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A ban on Farhadi, which was assumed to be operative by the National Iranian American Council and news of which was tweeted out by its president Trita Parsi early Saturday, is painfully ironic for several reasons. He won the Oscar in 2012 for his film A Separation.

The filmmaker, whose film "The Salesman" is a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, may be the most prominent person affected by Trump's executive order, which also bars refugees from those seven countries for 120 days.

The actress' movie, The Salesman, has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but Alidoosti will not be attending the Oscars, according to the New York Times.

Trump's executive order bans entry into the United States for 90 days for people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. Asghar Farhadi, 44, is from Iran, and because of the timing of the horrific ban, he will be barred from potentially accepting an Academy Award on February 26.

The Tribeca Film Festival expressed its outrage, tweeting the situation is "heartbreaking and unacceptable".

Farhadi's reps and studio reps for The Salesman did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

This follows hot on the heels of one of the lead actors of The Salesman, Taraneh Alidoosti announcing she was boycotting the Oscars, because of Trump's Muslim ban.

He tweeted: "Confirmed: Iran's Asghar Farhadi won't be let into the U.S. to attend Oscar's". The Wrap has noted that Trump's executive order allows for exceptions and that visas and immigration benefits might be allowed for certain individuals on a case-by-case basis. "So it's not acceptable to me to respect a state that does not respect the people of my country".

Also, Farhadi's films, social dramas about class tensions and the status of women in contemporary Iran, are precisely the kind of art that encourages peaceable understanding between cultures.

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