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Game about Iran’s revolution nets first U.K. acting nomination for a Muslim actor

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) made a historic move this week: It nominated Navid Negahban for his acting performance in the video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.

It makes the first time a Middle Eastern and Muslim actor has been nominated for the prestigious award.Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Ink Stories studio developed and published the PC and mobile narrative game about the Iranian Revolution in April 2016.

It earned a number of kudos for director Navid Khonsari, who is also of Iranian descent.

The BAFTA awards are the United Kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscars in the U.S.Negahban won the nomination for best actor for his role as Hajj Agha.

Negahban is known for his role as Abu Nasir in Homeland Season 1 and Season 2 as well as for a role in American Sniper.In a statement, Ink Stories said the nomination was a triumph for diverse voices and perspectives in the entertainment and game industries.“This momentous acknowledgement comes at a particularly sensitive time, when current U.S. politics aim at limiting immigration from six primarily Muslim countries, including Iran,” the company said.

“The entire cast of 1979 Revolution, and several on the Ink Stories development team consist of immigrants, refugees, green card holders, and naturalized U.S. citizens from Iran.”Khonsari was a former Rockstar Games developer who worked on the Grand Theft Auto games.

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