Asghar Farhadi is an awarding winning Iranian film director and screenwriter. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for his films A Separation (2012) (becoming the first Iranian to win an Oscar) and The Salesman (2016), as well as receiving a Golden Globe Award and numerous other awards. He famously did not attend the 2017 Academy Awards citing President Trump’s travel ban as reason. He sent two famous Iranian Americans to receive the Oscar on his behalf. In his movies, Farhadi explores the depths and complications of everyday relationships and themes of jealousy and trust in an evocative way and often includes strong female leads.