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Iran's Oscar submission causes stirA movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran's first-ever submission for the Academy Awards' foreign film directed by a woman. The film shows the rapid changes that overtook Iran after the Islamic Revolution and the start of a ruinous eight-year war following Iraq's invasion of Iran.Karimi later told the AP that he doesn't know whether he'll make movies again in the Islamic Republic.While the Farabi Cinema Foundation routinely submits films to the Academy Awards, tensions between Iran and the U.S. have ebbed and flowed since the 1979 revolution.Last year, filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with his film "The Salesman," but declined to attend the award ceremony because of Trump's travel ban. Even he faces hard-line criticism and has been working on his next film outside of the country.
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