Magazine article Screen International

Berlin: Industry Defiant in Face of Potential Travel Ban

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin: Industry Defiant in Face of Potential Travel Ban

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Industry executives at Berlin Film Festival are still on high alert should US president Donald Trump get his way and impose a new travel ban.

Even though a federal appeals court has upheld a block on the US president's original embargo on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump has intimated a revised executive order could be in the offing.

The recent ban, although only in place for days, had a meaningful impact on the film world.

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian director of Oscar nominee The Salesman has already said he will boycott the awards.

According to Screen sources, Iranian-Italian filmmaker Fariborz Kamkari was recently unable to attend the Santa Barbara International Festival with documentary Water And Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours Of Life due to the previous ban.

Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass, who stars in Syrian-set Panorama war-drama Insyriated, was damning in her assessment of a potential ban:

"I have only one word, 'Stupid'. All over the world people are trying to open doors. Societies with a mixture of different people are enriched. Trump, on the other hand, will only make American society poorer. …

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