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September 2002, Week 4


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Chris Horak <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 26 Sep 2002 13:09:40 EDT
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Sorry for the crossposting, but this new outrage by W. does little to improve
our international standing.


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FIPRESCI informs ABBAS KIAROSTAMI IS DENIED US VISA Abbas Kiarostami, the acclaimed director of "Through the Olive Trees", "And Life Goes On...", awarded with the Palme d'Or for "The Taste of Cherry", has been invited to introduce his latest film "Ten" at the forthcoming New York Film Festival. He has also been invited to give a lecture at the Harvard University. Richard Pena, director of the New York film festival, informed that Abbas Kiarostami was denied a visa to enter the United States, the consular authorities needing about 90 days to "verify the background" of a citizen before giving him a visa. In spite of Pena's efforts, in spite of the fact that Kiarostami visited the USA several times, in spite of his position and reputation, the US embassy in Paris, from where the Iranian director had made his request, refused to take his application into consideration. Jack Lang, formerly France's Minister of National Education and Culture, who tried vanely to intervene by writing a letter to the American Ambassador in Paris, Howard Leach, commented that this situation showed "an intellectual isolationism and an ignorance confining to the contempt for other cultures". Richard Pena comments: "It's a terrible sign of what's happening in my country today that no one seems to realize or care about the kind of negative signal this sends out to the entire Muslim world (not to mention to everyone else)." International Federation of Film Critics - FIPRESCI Grégory Valens September 26, 2002 Klaus Eder Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) Schleissheimer Str. 83 D-80797 Munich T +49 (89) 18 23 03 Cell +49 (172) 850 53 02 F +49 (89) 18 47 66 [log in to unmask] ---- Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite