I Do Movies Badly: Introduction to Abbas Kiarostami (featuring filmmaker Benny Krown)

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    You refer to him as a “non-caucasian”, but the U.S government classifies Iranians as caucasians. The name of the country was even changed from “Persia” to “Iran” in order to emphasize their Aryan heritage. In middle/high school I had a friend who was half-Iranian and was visually indistinguishable from any of the other white kids.

    Censorship is a very plausible reason for Iranian directors to work elsewhere, but it’s also common for a director successful on the “foreign film” circuit to move to the bigger English-speaking market.

    Kiarostami’s “Ten” doesn’t have a sex-worker as its lead, but it does feature one as a passenger in the protagonist’s car, and they discuss her occupation.

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