Oscar Winning Director Asghar Farhadi Has Been Indicted For Plagiarism

The director had based ‘A Hero’ on a documentary made by one of his former students.


Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has been found guilty of plagiarising the premise for his film ‘A Hero’ from ‘All Winners All Losers’, a documentary made by his former student Azadeh Masihzadeh. Farhadi has won two Oscars for his film-making in the past, winning Best International Feature for his film ‘A Separation’ in 2012 and the same award for ‘The Salesman’ in 2017. Farhadi’s ‘A Hero’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 and won the Grand Jury prize. The film has grossed around $2.5 million to date and sold its U.S. rights to Amazon Prime highlighting its success since its release.

When facing the copyright infringement and plagiarism allegations Farhadi filed a case of defamation against Masihzadeh and firmly denied the claims. A court in Tehran has since dismissed the defamation law suit due to lack of sufficient evidence supporting the claim. The court was also able to issue a summons for Farhadi to respond to questions surrounding the accusations as a next step in the case. Farhadi’s lawyer, Kaveh Rad, took to Instagram to address the case and the accusations made against Farhadi. 

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