Engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepts Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi during the 89th Annual Academy Awards, on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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By Sarah Begley
February 27, 2017

Asghar Farhadi’s movie The Salesman won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film on Sunday, but the Iranian filmmaker was not present to accept it. Instead, he asked Anousheh Ansari to give a speech on his behalf, condemning Donald Trump’s executive order banning migrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S.

Read the full text of Farhadi’s statement here:

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