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Iranian actress to boycott Oscars over Trump's 'racist' Muslim ban


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Iranian actress to boycott Oscars over Trump's 'racist' Muslim ban

The star of an Iranian film nominated for an Oscar has said she will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood in protest at US President Trump’s proposed ban on immigrants from several Muslim nations.

Taraneh Alidoosti, 33 and born in Tehran, described the move as racist.

In “The Salesman”, Alidoosti plays one half of an Iranian couple whose life becomes strained as they take part in the American stage classic “Death of a Salesman”.

The film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. It has already won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Chicago and Munich.

An executive order expected to be signed by Trump in the coming days will block the entry to the United States of Syrian refugees, and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.

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