Can 'A Separation' Help Close the US-Iran Divide?

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A Separation is nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture and for Best Screenplay, even though it was written in Farsi. The Iranian film is not about politics or war, but about two families working out problems common to people in all parts of the world. When the film won the Golden Globe as best foreign picture, director Asghar Farhadi offered a simple message. Rather than thanking his crew or family, he acknowledged his fellow Iranians, "I think they are a truly peace-loving people." Can a film do anything to change America’s longstanding animus toward its country of origin?





Warren Olney