>> Just hours ahead of what looks set to be the most politicized Academy Awards in years, thousands gathered in London for a premiere that was part screening, part protest. The Oscar nominated movie, The Salesman, who's Iranian director is boycotting the ceremony, has become a rallying point for opponents of US President Donald Trump's immigration policy.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan made clear his political motivation in hosting its UK premiere.>> President Trump can't silence me.>>
.>> Do you think this will help send a message to President Trump?>> Well, I'm not sure about sending a message to President Trump, what I'm keen to do is bring communities together.
What I'm keen to do is show the world that London is open. Farhadi is the bookmakers' favourite to win another best foreign language film statuette later on Sunday. But is staying away in protest at Trump's attempt to ban people from seven muslim majority countries from entering the US.
In a video message from Tehran he said he was heartened by the reaction of film makers and artists to what he called the oppressive travel ban. British director Mike Lee held him as the master for movie makers who make films about real people.>> Our protest is of course against
>> President Trump's cynical, divisive, and destructive policies especially his unforgivable travel ban.>> Khan's decision to host the movie event once again put him at odds with the British government, which has been quick to forge close relations with Trump. Particularly as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.