I recall meeting up with a friend called Hossein in Tehran, Iran. He is currently working at the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees in the Iran quarter, also a film critic off work. Iranian movies have to undergo strict investigation, the content must not deviate from Islamic doctrine, as a result there would not be any topic related to sex or violence. However, this leads to an interesting outcome that Iranian movies focus on topics from family, war and neighbourhoods, something that is distinctive enough to differentiate Iranian movies and earned them reputation abroad. Hossein shared that Iran was in the position of ‘third party’ during the Cold War, which made Iran a recipient of both Western and Eastern influences, a background on which Hossein grew up watching French, Polish and Russian movies. What surprised me was he also started to watch Eastern movies such as Korean and Chinese movies, he even admires film-maker Wong Kar-Wai, the world-renowned Hong Kong director. We can see that Hong Kong movies, in fact, represent an important part of Chinese movies for international audiences.
I also recalled that the Oscar Best Foreign Movie Award went to an Iranian director: Asghar Farhadi, who refused to attend the ceremony as a protest against Donald Trump’s policy of banning seven Middle East countries, including Iran, from traveling to the United States, a policy Asghar dismissed as ‘inhumane’. Indeed, this policy itself is controversial in many aspects. From an Iranian perspective, the most unacceptable dimension is how the policy reinforces an impression that Iran is just like the other 6 Middle Eastern countries.
Something Iranian would disagree as they believe that Iran is far more developed than other countries in the region, and there have been little terrorist attacks in the nation by and large. Hossein spent most of his time in the UNHCR to assist Afghan refugees, or taking in Syrian and Iraqi refugees who left Germany and France due to discriminations, or religion and cultural differences. From an Iranian perspective, Iran contributes greatly to regional stability by being a buffer zone amidst waves of refugees flows and humanitarian crisis, as well as the war-torn states bordering Iran. This particular view, however, has not been agreed by most observers in the international community.
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It is unimaginable that Iran was very Westernized just over 40 years ago that even women were not required to wear headscarf, an exception in the Middle East. Things took a sharp turn since 1979 when the Iranian Revolution broke out and all political and social codes started following the rules enshrined in the Quran. Alcohol, parties and beautiful outfits are banned, women’s rights retreated. All that, however, do not eclipse the shining Persian legacies including the bright culture and stunning architectures, and most importantly, Iranian’s incredible hospitality. This December, follow us to Iran and understand the decades-long transition, and several local issues that matter.
Highlights : – Visit former US embassy where American hostages were held in 1979 – Visit Tehran University and understand how Iranian students see their future – Get lost in Iranian bazaars – Wander around Mosques, Persian Gardens, Palaces and thousand-year-old Villages – Iranian Arts: Movies and Calligraphy – Eat with locals – Meet with Iranian journalists and NGOs which help refugees
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