Onstage Speech Transcript | 84th Academy Awards

Foreign Language Film


ONSTAGE SPEECH
CATEGORY: Foreign Language Film
SPEECH BY: Asghar Farhadi
FILM: "A Separation" (Iran)

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Asghar Farhadi (director-writer-producer): I would like to thank the Academy and Sony Pictures Classics and my dear friends Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. [speaks in Farsi] At this time many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much.

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