Anousheh Ansari read a statement for Asghar Farhadi after his film The Salesman won best foreign language film during the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Anousheh Ansari read a statement for Asghar Farhadi after his film The Salesman won best foreign language film during the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

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At the Oscars tonight, Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman won for best foreign language film. Farhadi, an Iranian native, did not attend the awards, a silent protest against the ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries (including Iran). Accepting on Farhadi's behalf, Plano's Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer (and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station), read a statement from the director that celebrated filmmakers' ability to "create empathy between us and others, an empathy which we need today more than ever."

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