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Oscar-nominated Film to Show in London as a Protest against Trump’s Muslim Ban

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‘The Salesman’, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi will be screened free of charge in Trafalgar Square on 26th February (to coincide with the Oscars), in a move that marks President Trump’s contentious ban on Muslims entering America from Iran. Despite being Oscar-nominated this year, the director Asghar Farhadi felt unable to go to America for the ceremony even if a special exception was made for him and his team.

The director and star of the film, Taraneh Alidoosti, have decided to boycott the awards as a protest and would rather show the film in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square, feeling that the welcoming attitude displayed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and activist Lily Cole is more conducive to a collective solidarity, that flies in the face of what Farhadi termed a racist ban.

The Mayor welcomed the film to London, inviting citizens to ‘share in this celebration of London as an international hub of creativity, and a global beacon of openness and diversity.’

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Oh to be at Camino Bankside Now that Summer is Here

With temperatures set to soar as though it was 1976 (SEEN remembers sweltering through that), your best bet is to get anywhere by the river Thames, where the views are gobsmacking, and the food is fabulous. Like last year, London is awash with marvellous gins – and let’s remind ourselves, if you drink gin you are partaking in a resonant and historical pastime that is inextricably linked to London’s rich, vibrant and – dare we say it – dark past.

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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man.