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Directors of all 5 ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Oscar nominees send open protest letter to Trump

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The directors nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” released a remarkable joint statement during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night condemning Pres. Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in other countries.”

Digital Spy said that Asghar Farhadi (“The Salesman”), Hannes Holm (“A Man Called Ove”), Maren Ade (“Toni Erdmann”), Martin Pieter Zandvliet (“Land of Mine”) and Martin Butler and Bentley Dean (“Tanna”) all signed the letter, which called for “unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.”

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Trump’s travel ban on individuals associated with 7 Muslim-majority nations blocked Syrian filmmaker and Oscar nominee for the documentary The White Helmets Khaled Khatib from entering the U.S. to attend the ceremony.

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi — director of “The Salesman” — won in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category but did not attend the ceremony. Instead, he asked Iranian-American businesswoman Anousheh Ansari — the first Iranian to travel to space — to read a statement on his behalf.

“I’m sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for those in my country and those in the six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.

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“Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘the enemy’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for regression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries in which have themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions.

“They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever. And break stereotypes and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever.”

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If Republicans oppose Trump they can help prove any support of the president is phony: Conservative

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Trump officials abruptly call off Midwest agriculture tour amid rising tensions with farmers

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Trump promoting himself as the ‘second coming of God’ is another sign of his lack of basic mental capacity: Yale psychiatrist

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump retweeted an anti-Semitic super-fan who compared Trump to the "second coming of God." That was after he made comments Tuesday suggesting that Jews who vote for Democrats are traitorous to Israel. The comments come after a long summer of Trump accusing members of the Squad of being anti-Semitic and suggesting that the Clintons are responsible for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's death in jail.

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