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Iran at the Oscars


Sam Roggeveen


28 February 2012 16:55

I only saw bits of the telecast, so it's via Slate that I learn of this moving acceptance speech from Asghar Farhadi, director of 'A Separation', which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film:

At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country Iran is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, a people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.

'A Separation' opens in Australia on 1 March. Here's the trailer: