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Iranian star of Oscar nominated film shuns Academy Awards in protest of Trump

The star of Iran’s Oscar-nominated movie The Salesman said on Thursday she would not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood next month because of US President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on immigrants from Muslim nations.

hollywood Updated: Jan 27, 2017 18:33 IST
This file photo shows actress Taraneh Alidoosti during a photo call for the film Forushande (The Salesman) at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.
This file photo shows actress Taraneh Alidoosti during a photo call for the film Forushande (The Salesman) at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. (AP)

The star of Iran’s Oscar-nominated movie The Salesman said on Thursday she would not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood next month because of US President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on immigrants from Muslim nations.

Taraneh Alidoosti, 33, a Tehran-born actor, said the move was racist.

“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest,” Alidoosti said on Twitter.

An executive order expected to be signed by Trump in coming days will block the entry to the United States of Syrian refugees, and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

In The Salesman, Alidoosti plays one half of an Iranian couple whose life becomes strained as they take part in a production of the American stage classic Death of a Salesman.

This image released by Cohen Media group shows Shahab Hosseini, left, and Taraneh Alidoosti in a scene from The Salesman. (AP)

The film, by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, was nominated on Tuesday for a foreign-language Oscar, and has won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Chicago and Munich.

Alidoosti has also appeared in the popular Iranian TV soap opera Shahrzad.

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