Iran's "A Separation" wins Oscar for best foreign film

Iranian family drama "A Separation" defeated films from Israel, Belgium, Poland and Canada to win country's first Academy award in the foreign film category. The award has come at a time when the tensions between the Islamic republic and the US are at its peak over Iran's nuclear programme. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film also won the best foreign film at the Golden Globes. Farhadi was nominated for a best screenplay Oscar. "At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy," Farhadi said, reading from prepared remarks on a piece of paper on Sunday night. "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, her rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics."

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