A Kurdish director can’t take part in festival because of Trump

Hussein Hassan, the Kurdish director, following the US visa halt, will not be able to participate in Miami International Film Festival. 
The Kurdish director’s ‘Black Wind – Rashaba’ which revolves around captivated Kurdish Ezidi girls, was due to be shown in Miami International Film Festival, but because of Trump’s recent decision on barring citizens of 7 countries from entering US, including Iraq, Hassan cannot attend the event. 
Hassan has told Kurdish media Rudaw that he was due to attend the even in March, but he wouldn’t be able because of Trump. “Trump should differentiate between artists and terrorists, then we’re Kurds, have an independent Region, my film talks about suffering of a people who are victims of terrorism too” Hassan said. 
Jay Laplant, Head of the Festival told Hollywood Reporter magazine that the decision should not be implemented on the artists and filmmakers to be able to easily participate in the activities in US and show their work, he said the world should feel that US warmly welcomes them. 
Following Trump’s decision, Taranh Alidosti, the Iranian film-seller joins Hussein Hassan and officially boycotts Oscar prize distribution, in which their film is nominated for receiving best foreign film prize. 

By H.G. Hassan

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