Farhadi’s Oscar carries message of dialogue: Culture minister

IRNA – Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri says that Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar 2017 had a clear message that today’s world is a place of interaction, dialogue and cultural exchange.

At a local meeting in this northeastern Iranian province, Salehi-Amiri congratulated the prominent Iranian director, Farhadi, on winning the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

During his speech here on Monday, the culture minister also extended congratulation to the art and cinema community on the award given to Farhadi for the second time.

“Winning Oscar 2017 was a big and important occasion,” said he, adding it was clinched while the US President Donald Trump had closed doors for the presence of the Iranians.

With Farhadi’s film “The Salesman”, the voice of the Iranian culture was heard in the world, said the minister, noting “The Iranian culture is a culture of peace, friendship, convergence and coexistence.”

“This message and this award did show that the US president’s behavior is against peace and friendship,” Salehi-Amiri went on to say.

On Jan 27, the US president imposed visa ban on the nationals of seven Muslim countries including Iran. Two days later and in protest to Trump’s order, Farhadi announced that he would not attend the Oscars ceremony this year.

When he (Farhadi) did not attend the 2017 Oscars ceremony, his protest to the discriminatory behavior and decision of the US president was heard globally, the culture minister underlined.

During the Monday ceremony on the 89the Academy Awards, the well-know Iranian director Farhadi won the Oscar 2017 for the best foreign language film.

Two Iranian-American elites Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist engineer, and Professor Firouz Naderi, former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, represented Farhadi at the Oscars ceremony.

In response to Trump’s visa ban order, the actress of “The Salesman” Taraneh Alidoosti wrote on her twitter account “Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the Academy Awards 2017 in protest.”