Iraqi Director Withdraws Visa Application to Protest Trump Muslim … – Variety

Hussein Hassan, the director of the Iraqi film “Reseba — The Dark Wind,” has withdrawn his visa application to the U.S. for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the upcoming Miami Film Festival.

The producer of the film, Mehmet Aktas, said Hassan withdrew his application as an act of “peaceful protest” about President Donald Trump’s expected order that will restrict entrance to the U.S. for those from some Middle Eastern nations.

Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante said the festival will proceed with the screening as scheduled, but with a “deep sense of loss and disappointment.”

“One of Miami Film Festival’s core values is to bridge cultural understanding, to provoke thought and discussion, and ‘The Dark Wind’ is one of the most timely, moving, and important films in this year’s festival,” Laplante said….

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