Asghar Farhadi, director of Iranian film "A Separation", poses with his award for Best Foreign Language film during the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood
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Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has chosen an Iranian-American female engineer and a former NASA scientist to represent his film "The Salesman" at Sunday's Oscar ceremony, which he is boycotting in protest over U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration.If it wins, it would mark Farhadi and Iran's second Oscar after "A Separation" won in 2012 .In a statement to Hollywood trade publication Variety on Friday, Farhadi's publicist said that engineer Anousheh Ansari, who was the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director of NASA's Solar System Exploration program, would take Farhadi's place at the Oscars and represent him on stage should the film win.
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