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Tue, 1 Oct 2002 16:04:59 -0400
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Dr.Enticknap: Thank you for pumping some air of reality into one of the
overblown balloons which from time to time float around this chatline.
People who work in film, the arts, the media, academia, or what other
description they prefer, should be expected to meet the requirements of the
real world - however distasteful or unpopular these may be. Or perhaps use
what influence they may have to change them.
Peter Warren
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From: "Leo Enticknap" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 8:07 AM
Subject: Reply: Abbas Kiarostami is denied US visa

> Quote from article posted by Chris Horak:
> >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.
> I don't think this does anything to diminish the US' international
> standing: in fact I'd describe the decision as plain common sense.
> not saying that they won't let him in, only that they need time to check
> that he's genuine.  Kiarostami might be a household name to film
> enthusiasts but the chances are that customs officials won't have heard of
> This does, I'd suggest, very much diminish the international standing of
> the New York film festival and its organisers.  They knew Kiarostami was a
> prominent figure from a country which is in the middle of an international
> troublespot and which the US President has accused (justifiably, in my
> opinion) of being implicated with international terrorism.  Three months
> not a long time in the context of planning and scheduling a major film
> festival.  I'd guess that the most likely explanation is that someone
> cocked up somewhere in failing to initiate the visa application in
> sufficient time.  Given that 11 September was almost 13 months ago, no-one
> could possibly claim they had no idea that the application might prove
> controversial.
> Leo
> Dr. Leo Enticknap
> Director, Northern Region Film and Television Archive
> School of Arts and Media
> University of Teesside
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