#Oscars2017: Foreign-Language film nominees criticize Fanaticism and Nationalism

Los Angeles (USA), Feb. 25 : Hollywood has been really vocal about all the wrong decisions taken by the US government, recently.

Now, all the six directors whose films have been nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar, criticizing politicians for creating divisive walls.

The Hollywood Reporter reported, the six directors have issued a statement condemning "the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S.

and in so many other countries, in parts of the population and, most unfortunately of all, among leading politicians." The collective statement was signed by the director of 'The Salesman,' Asghar Farhadi; director of Denmark's 'Land of Mine'; Hannes Holm, director of Sweden's 'A Man Called Ove'; Maren Ade, director of Germany's 'Toni Erdmann'; and Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, directors of Australia's 'Tanna'.

Their complete statement says: "The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on - not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly "foreign" and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better.

These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different.

So we've asked ourselves: What can cinema do? Although we don`t want to overestimate the power of movies, we do believe that no other medium can offer such deep insight into other people's circumstances and transform feelings of unfamiliarity into curiosity, empathy and compassion - even for those we have been told are our enemies.

Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders.

We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts. Human rights are not something you have to apply for. They simply exist - for everybody. For this reason, we dedicate this award to all the people, artists, journalists and activists who are working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom of expression and human dignity - values whose protection is now more important than ever.

By dedicating the Oscar to them, we wish to express to them our deep respect and solidarity." While the group will be competing amongst themselves for the Oscar which will be awarded Sunday, they also said that regardless of who wins, "We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color.

We want this award to stand as a symbol of unity between nations and the freedom of the art." The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out on February 26, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Source: ANI