The five directors nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar this year released a group statement Friday denouncing “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the US and some a lot of other nations."
Even though they did not mention any leader by name, the directors expressed their "unanimous and emphatic disapproval" of "top politicians" whom they think influence these attitudes.
The filmmakers, who hail from Denmark, Sweden, Iran, Australia and Germany, stated that they "refuse to think in terms of borders" and as a result, devoted the award, regardless of who wins it, to "all the people today, artists, journalists and activists who are functioning to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity."
The Oscar will be presented at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
"The worry generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we rely on – not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by anything seemingly 'foreign' and the belief that human encounters can alter us for the superior," they stated. "These divisive walls avoid folks from experiencing anything basic but basic: from discovering that we are all not so distinctive."
Final month, in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order that banned most travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, like Iran, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who was nominated in the category for his film "The Salesman," told the New York Times that he would not be attending the awards show.
Although the one particular-time Oscar winner mentioned that he had originally planned to travel to Hollywood for the ceremony, "the possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even exceptions were to be created for my trip."
"Really hard-liners, in spite of their nationalities, political arguments and wars, regard and recognize the world in very a great deal the exact same way," Farhadi mentioned. "In order to have an understanding of the globe, they have no option but to regard it through an 'us and them' mentality, which they use to develop a fearful image of 'them' and inflict worry in the people today of their own nations."
Earlier this month, a federal court judge in Washington state halted the order. Following Trump appealed, a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed down a unanimous decision to uphold the restraining order.
Prior to these rulings, a spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement in help of Farhadi.
"The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences about the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences," the statement read. "As supporters of filmmakers -- and the human rights of all people -- around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran, 'A Separation,' along with the cast and crew of this year's Oscar-nominated film 'The Salesman,' could be barred from entering the nation because of their religion or nation of origin."
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