An Iranian director nominated for an Oscar won’t be able to attend the Hollywood award ceremony after Donald Trump signed off on his tough new immigration bans.
Asghar Farhadi is nominated in the best foreign film category for his movie The Salesman but there are fears he may now not be able to attend next month’s Academy Awards.
His native Iran, which is where The Salesman was filmed, is one of seven countries listed in Trump’s executive order that has placed a 90-day pause on visas and immigration to the U.S.
According to Daily Mail,Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, tweeted on Saturday morning that Farhadi would be banned from attending the Oscars in what has become yet another fallout from Trump’s immigration bans.
‘Iran’s Asghar Farhadi won’t be let into the US to attend Oscar’s. He’s nominated for best foreign language film… #MuslimBan,’ he wrote.
The fallout from Trump’s immigration crackdown grew on Saturday as a number of non-American citizens realized they were now barred from the country where they were studying or had lived, perhaps for years.
It comes as seven refugees bound for the U.S. were stopped from boarding a plane in Cairo on Saturday and 12 migrants were detained in New York overnight because they arrived just after the executive order was signed.