The Iranian famous film director said at the Hainan International Film Festival that US sanctions against the Iranian nation in the last 40 years are somehow crimes against humanity.

Iran PressIran news: Speaking at the 'Master Class' workshop for directors and students in the field of Chinese filmmaking, which was held on the sidelines of the Hainan International Film Festival on Saturday; Majid Majidi added: "The Iranian people have been in a difficult situation for the past 40 years due to the oppressive US sanctions."

The Iranian director stated the reason for the US' sanctions against Tehran in this issue is that the Iranian nation wants independence and wants to stand on its own feet.

He said that for many years and under tyrant rulers, Iran's national assets such as oil and gas were at the disposal of the United States, adding: "Now that the Iranian nation is standing on its own feet after 40 years, the United States cannot accept it and that’s why it has resorted to sanctions.

Majidi noted: "Even amid COVID-19 outbreak, the United States has banned medicines from the Iranian nation and does not allow the import of them. One of the reasons for the high number of COVID-19 deaths in Iran is the US sanctions and lack of drugs."

Reminding that the medicine needed by children and cancer patients will not be imported due to US sanctions, the director of 'Khorshid' (SUN)said: "Nothing can be named these sanctions except crimes against humanity."

He further thanked the Chinese government and people for their support of the Iranian people in the Corona crisis.

Hainan International Film Festival has started with the presence of 4,376 films from 114 countries on December 31st. During the festival, 189 selected Chinese and foreign films were screened in 15 cinemas in the four cities of Haikou, Sanya, Danzhou, and Shanghai.

Majid Majidi from the Islamic Republic of Iran has also participated as a judge and observer of the festival.

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