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Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film Nominees Release Joint Statement About the Political Climate

Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film Nominees Release Joint Statement About the Political Climate

The six directors nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards have released a joint statement to express their “unanimous and emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.”

The nominees in the category are Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet for Land of Mine, Sweden’s Hannes Holm for A Man Called Ove, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi for The Salesman, Germany’s Maren Ade for Toni Erdmann, and Australia’s Martin Butler and Bentley Dean for Tanna.

You might remember the recent story of Asghar being unable to attend the Oscars this year after President Trump enacted a travel ban from certain predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran.

Click inside to read the full joint statement…

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film – Statement by All Nominated Directors, 2017

On behalf of all nominees, we would like to express our unanimous and emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians.

The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on – not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly “foreign” and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better. These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different.

So we’ve asked ourselves: What can cinema do? Although we don`t want to overestimate the power of movies, we do believe that no other medium can offer such deep insight into other people’s circumstances and transform feelings of unfamiliarity into curiosity, empathy and compassion – even for those we have been told are our enemies.

Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders. We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.

Human rights are not something you have to apply for. They simply exist – for everybody. For this reason, we dedicate this award to all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity – values whose protection is now more important than ever. By dedicating the Oscar to them, we wish to express to them our deep respect and solidarity.

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  • Highlander

    Oscars are a political platform for the rich Hollywood HillarySupporters and TrumpHaters, he is still after all more famous, meanwhile, worldwide then all of them together! It is not about art, it is only politics.

  • LolaLola

    could they sound any more pretentious and pompous. there is nothing wrong with nationalism and if they think there is no “best” anything, then why bother with the Oscars at all?

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    There’s nothing wrong with nationalism, as long as it’s my nation. The others are all rapists and criminals. (*ignores numerous crimes of my own people*)