Feb 14, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The mayor of London says the British capital will hold a free outdoor screening of an Academy Award-nominated Iranian film – whose director cancelled plans to attend the Academy Awards – because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Mayor Sadiq Khan says that Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” will play in Trafalgar Square on Oscars day, February 26th to celebrate London “as an international hub of creativity and as a beacon of diversity.”
“The Salesman” is nominated for best foreign-language film.
After Trump temporarily barred citizens of Iran and six other majority Muslim nations last month, Farhadi said he would not attend the ceremony – even if an exception were made. The ban has since been suspended by U.S. courts.
Farhadi calls the London screening “a symbol of unity against the division and separation of people.”