Iran proud of "The Salesman" and its Oscar triumph

The speech concluded that these wars prevent human right and democracy in countries which themselves have been victims of aggression.

This was the second Oscar win for Farhadi.

"Proud of cast & crew of "The Salesman" for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan", Javad Zarif tweeted.

Mr. Farhadi won the foreign-film Oscar five years ago, for his film "A Separation", the first win for Iran in that category.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the crowd at the free screening of "The Salesman" in Trafalgar Square that the city stands in solidarity with the film's director Asghar Farhadi. “Filmmakers, ” he says, “can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions.” He adds that they “create empathy between us and others, an empathy which we need today more than ever.” Fine words, no doubt understood by President Trump.

"[On Sunday], people from across London and beyond packed Trafalgar Square to watch a free screening of this gripping drama in a celebration of the capital as an worldwide hub of creativity and as a beacon of diversity". The order barred refugees and others from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Many Iranians learned of the Oscar win from social media. "Hopefully [the Oscar] will promote peace and understanding between nations, if not politicians".

Then there was the award for best foreign language film, which was given to Iran's "The Salesman". "Iranians have represented culture and civilization for millennia", he tweeted in English. Others speculated that Iranian authorities submitted the film for Oscar consideration in an attempt to show a humane side to the theocracy - and that Farhadi was rewarded by a liberal Hollywood for his opposition to Trump.

Political statements are not new to the Academy Awards ceremony. "'The Salesman' didn't deserve the Oscar". How about he go lecture his own Iranian leaders?

Instead, Mr. Farhadi sent a surrogate to accept the award and read a prepared statement. We know of no newspaper in America (or anywhere else) that maintains an editorial policy in respect of immigration that is more liberal than that of the New York Sun.

  • Carolyn Briggs