Iranian-Born Actress Will Attend The Oscars To Make A ‘Statement’

Ford Springer | Contributor

Iranian-born Swedish actress Bahar Pars is planning to attend the 2017 Academy Awards on Feb. 26, despite several other nominees from Iran choosing to boycott the show in protest of President Trump’s immigration ban.

Pars, who is both a Iranian and Swedish citizen, co-stars in “A Man Called Ove,” the Swedish nominee for the best foreign film award. She plans to attend the 89th annual Academy Awards telling the Associated Press Wednesday “the effect will be a lot bigger” than protesting the ceremony.

Although “there’s always a risk of being turned away,” Pars said, making it to the Academy Awards, “standing there together and holding hands is a statement in itself.”

Last week, Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who co-stars in “The Salesman,” another film nominated for best foreign-language film, called Trump’s temporary ban “racist” and announced she will boycott the Oscars in protest.

"The Salesman (Forushande)" Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

A few days later Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who directed “The Salesman,” announced that he would not attend the Oscars and would join Alidoosti in protesting Trump’s immigration ban.

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