Oscars 2017: Winning foreign film director Asghar Farhadi blasts 'inhumane' travel ban
Former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi (L) and engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari accepted the Oscar on behalf of The Salesman’s Asghar Farhadi (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi blasted Donald Trump’s travel ban after winning the best foreign film Oscar for The Salesman.

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The filmmaker – who won the award for a second time on Sunday night – did not attend the ceremony after saying that the conditions which would be attached to a potential visa entry to the US were unacceptable.

However he did send a representative to collect his Oscar – who gave an acceptance speech on his behalf in which he criticised the ban.

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The director criticised Donald Trump’s travel ban in his speech (Picture: ABC)

‘I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight,’ Farhadi said in the speech.

‘My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock (7728576da) Asghar Farhadi The National Board of Review Awards Gala, Arrivals, New York, USA - 04 Jan 2017
The director did not attend the ceremony in the wake of the travel ban (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

‘Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war.

Asghar Farhadi’s acceptance speech in full

I will be reading a statement by Mr. Farhadi. It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign film category.

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

Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war.

These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves 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 which we need today more than ever. Thank you on behalf of Mr. Farhadi.

The speech went on: ‘Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war.

‘These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.’

His win came just hours after thousands of people attended a screening of the film in Trafalgar Square in support of Farhadi – who also sent a message to the event.

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Thousands of people attended a screening of The Salesman in Trafalgar Square (Picture: Twitter)

He said: ‘Despite our different religions, cultures and nationalities, we are all citizens of the world.’

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