Asghar Farhadi may not have been present for the 2017 Academy Awards, but his influence was felt all over the world.
After Farhadi's film The Salesman won the award for Best Foreign Language Film, the director's friend, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, accepted the honor in his name. After thanking the Academy for the Oscar, Ansari recited Farhadi's speech.
Here it is in full:
"I'm sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for those in my country and those in the six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.
"Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'the enemy' categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for regression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries in which have themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions.
"They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever. And break stereotypes and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever."
After Trump's "Muslim Ban," Farhadi was one of many individuals blocked from entering the United States.
While the director eventually gained entry thanks to judiciary action, he vowed not to attend the Oscars as a boycott of the problematic policy.