2012 Oscars: ‘A Separation’, winner of Best Foreign Language Academy Award, touted by Iran’s government (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) By Ethan Sacks 02/28/12)
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The Iranian government is taking a victory lap after countryman
Asghar Farhadi´s "A Separation" won the Academy Award for Best
Foreign Language Picture Sunday night, calling the win a victory over
"A Separation´s" win in the category marks "the beginning of the
collapse" of Israeli influence in the United States, Javad
Shamaghdari, head of Iran´s Cinematic Agency trumpeted on state-run
TV, The Associated Press reported.
Shamaghdari also said that the Oscar win meant "American judgment was
bowed to the Iranian culture," according to the Iran Daily newspaper.
The drama defeated the Israeli entry "A Footnote."
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Tensions between the two countries have heightened in recent months
over the growing capacity of Iran´s nuclear program, which the
International Atomic Energy Agency warned is close to producing half
the amount of enriched uranium to arm a nuclear warhead.
The Israeli government is reportedly mulling strikes against Iran´s
Bushehr nuclear power plant.
“The very fact that the life of us Iranians is displayed to the world
makes me happy,” 27-year-old teacher Mina Jourakhzade told the
Washington Post. “This movie might not change the minds of
politicians, but least it can change the idea foreign people have
Iranian hardliners and religious figures have not always been so
receptive to "A Separation" before the film´s recent awards season
glory. Many conservatives blasted the film´s implied equality for
women and "Western influences," the AP reported.
There has been no public congratulations from President Mahmoud
Farhadi himself downplayed any nationalistic message attached to his
"People in Iran follow the Oscars a lot more than you think they do,"
he told reporters backstage after his win. "I know for a fact that
right now, as the event is happening, it´s in the middle of the
night, in the middle of the morning and people are not sleeping. I
know they are following.
"I don´t think that government people are really interested," he
added. (© Copyright 2012 NYDailyNews.com. 02/28/12)
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