Magazine article Screen International

Iraqi Director Boycotts Miami Fest over Trump Immigration Policy

Magazine article Screen International

Iraqi Director Boycotts Miami Fest over Trump Immigration Policy

Article excerpt

Reseba - The Dark Wind director Hussein Hassan has withdrawn his visa application in peaceful protest over Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante said the festival will proceed with the North American premiere despite a deep sense of loss and disappointment.

Trump is expected to sign an executive order imminently that will restrict visits and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries including Hassan's native Iraq.

The other six are Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.

"One of Miami Film Festival's core values is to bridge cultural understanding, to provoke thought and discussion, and The Dark Wind is one of the most timely, moving and important films in this year's festival," said Laplante.

"It is essential that roadblocks not be put in place that will present artists from the free discussion of their work, and equally essential that the world's artists are made to feel welcome in the United States. …

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