A Separation, An Actress, A Role, and An Image

‘A Separation’ is not a foreign film at all. Those people are exactly like us“, many Western film critics say. If you want to know why ‘A Separation’ has made such an impact in the West, you should know that many ignorant people in the West had horrible misconceptions about Iran and Iranians; They thought: “Iranians live in the deserts. They have no car, no street, no fridge, no washing machine, no modern life, nothing. Iranians are uncivilized people”. If you want to understand the depth of the tragedy, you can think of a naive person who believes that “Sareh Bayat” is like her role (Razieh) and her image in “A Separation”. But the image of “Sareh Bayat” in “A Separation” is not like Bayat’s real life. It’s a false image. It’s just a movie. But the naive people can’t understand it. And it can be like the story of the false image of Iran in the Western media. The naive people in the West can’t understand that today’s Iran is not like the false image of Iran in the Western media. The below pictures are the real pictures of “Sareh Bayat”. You can compare them with “Razieh”, her role in “A Separation”, and think about it. (Of course, the differences between today’s Iran and the false image of Iran in the Western media, are so big, and you should compare Razieh with the nude pictures of Bayat! But I could not find her nude pix)


As we said before, Farhadi’s film, A Separation, is conservative. “A Separation” deliberately ignores many serious things. But the film still can show you many good things. For example, Nader teaches her daughter the life skills. He teaches her not to be sheep. It’s common in Iran. When Nader asks Termeh a question, and Termeh gives a wrong answer, and when for justifying herself she says: ‘it’s what our teacher has said. It’s what our books have said”, Nader answers: “Never use this excuse again. What is wrong, is wrong. It’s not important who says it or where it’s written”. And when Termeh says: “OK, but in this way they don’t give me a proper grade”, Nader answers: “It’s not important”. In fact, Iranians fight against “brainwashing” and “living like stupid sheep”, and that’s why the Mullahs can’t brainwash the majority of Iranians and their kids. The family and the parents fight against the lies and the stupid things that the Mullahs, from the Mullah media to the Mullah education system, try to teach their kids. It’s very important. It’s what the world can learn from Iranians.


The Western media often doesn’t say that Iran has a young, educated, and modern population that is trying to express itself under a very brutal theocratic tyranny. In 2012, we can see that ‘ignorance is a bliss’ in the West, and many people are either ignorant or naive there. Unfortunately, we also can see that many people are racist, chauvinist, or nationalist there. They clearly say that they have problem with Iran and Iranians, not with the Mullahs. They clearly say that a free and democratic Iran is not in their national interests, and they prefer a weak puppet regime in Iran -like the Mullah regime and the Pahlavi regime. It’s really horrible. These racist people are bad guys who don’t care about the truth, the freedom, democracy, human rights, and other human values. They only care about their animal interests. They are very shortsighted and fanatic, like the animals. It’s very annoying and disappointing. But all people in the West are not like them. Many people are just unaware of the truth; They are not like the bad guys, who deliberately don’t want to see the truth, and don’t care about the truth. I hope they can open their eyes and can see the truth, via the film industry or the internet.


‘A Separation’ had two Oscar nominations, mainly because many truly thought ‘A Separation’ is not a foreign film. It’s very important. The non-Iranians think that “Sareh Bayat” should be a religious fanatic woman in her real life, and maybe that’s why they ignored her good performance in “A Separation’, and didn’t care about her in the Oscar. They even didn’t invite her to the Academy Awards ceremony. But the following pictures can show you that the woman who played “Razieh”, is an ordinary Iranian and a good actress. Meryl Streep played the role of a religious fanatic in ‘Doubt’ (2008), but it doesn’t mean that she is a religious fanatic in her real life. The same is true about Sareh Bayat and many other actors. “Sareh Bayat” was a forgotten actress at Oscar 2012. But before the Oscar, she had received the Silver Bear for Best Actress in a Supporting Role from Berlin International Film Festival, and in the 32nd London Critics Circle Film Awards she won Supporting Actress of the Year. Razieh was very religious, while the pictures clearly show that Bayat is not like Razieh. Of course, some say: “If Bayat, in her real life, was a decent and honest woman like Razieh, it would be great. In fact, if Razieh could be more modern and open-minded, she would be a great woman”. It’s not wrong.


Some truly say: “There are many talented people in Iran who will never produce anything because of all the limitations, blocks, obstacles, anti Sharia accusations, etc. Please do not treat Iranians like some aliens who can’t be creative or win Oscars. Without the current regime, a lot more Iranians would have been able to compete in a lot more international events”. It’s really true. The false image of Iran, that is produced by the Mullahs and the Western media, is very stupid and very shameful. They don’t say anything about the important differences between the Iran’s regime and the Iran’s people. They deliberately don’t say that the Iran’s regime is a hated regime in Iran, and only about 5% of the people support it. They don’t say that more than 70 millions of Iranians are victims of a very brutal medieval regime. They say nothing about the Mullah election show. They don’t say that the bad guys in the West support this medieval regime, while the majority of Iranians hate it. They don’t say that Iranians inside Iran followed the Oscar ceremony and other international events via illegal satellite dishes. They don’t say that Iranians inside Iran are not ignorant, and most of them are at least as wise as their counterparts in the west.


After seeing “A Separation”, some people in the West said: “We didn’t know that everyone in Iran has a fridge, a TV set, a washing machine, etc. We didn’t know that many Iranians have car, modern life, and modern thoughts. But now, we know that many things in Iran, like divorce, aging parents, economics, religion and social standing can be applied to any circumstance in any modern culture. The culture in Iran seemed mysterious, but now we know that the Iranian culture is like our culture”. It’s good that finally an Iranian film could show part of the real image of Iran. “‘A Separation’ drives home the oft-ignored fact that Iran is full of educated, sophisticated and cultured people who don’t agree with their government“, an American film critic said. It’s really true. The bad guys in the West, from the mass media to the politicians, tell big shameful lies and try to distort the facts. The bad guys in the West are like the bad guys in Iran, and both of them try to create false images, hatred, and war. The bad guys are stupid and think it’s in their interests, and it makes huge profits for them. But it’s shortsightedness. If they can see their own long term interests, they would change their minds. But they are blind and stupid. They still try to live like animals, and try to exploit others. And unfortunately, the ignorant people and the conservative people help the bad guys a lot.


As we said before, Farhadi has become conservative. In 2009, he defended the Iranian movement and the martyrs, when he was in Paris, and in 2010, he even defended the Iranian movement, when he was in Tehran, in the House of Cinema ceremony. But now in 2012, he even doesn’t defend the House of Cinema, and say nothing about the great tragedy of the Iranian cinema. He doesn’t say that the Mullahs recently closed the House of Cinema -that more than 4000 Iranian filmmakers were its members (It was a non-governmental body that helped and supported the Iranian filmmakers). The fate of the House of Cinema, and Farhadi’s reaction to it, both are very shameful and meaningful. The fate of the House of Cinema also can show you why we say :”the majority of the Iranian filmmakers are Khayemal (ass-kisser)”. Anyway, Farhadi has become conservative, and his film is conservative as well, and doesn’t answer many questions. For instance, at the beginning of the film, the judge asks Simin why she wants to leave Iran. She responds that she doesn’t want to raise her daughter “in these circumstances”. But Farhadi never says or shows any thing about “these circumstances“. Non-Iranians ask themselves: “What circumstances?” But they can’t find their answer in the film.


If you want to know the answer of “What circumstances?”, you should think about the difference between the Iran’s regime and the Iran’s people; You should think about what happened in 2009, when the savage Mullahs killed, raped, and tortured tens of thousands of the ordinary Iranians. You can also think about the difference between an actress, Sareh Bayat, and her role, Razieh. Sareh Bayat only played Rezieh’s role. But Sareh Bayat and many other Iranian actors are like the majority of Iranians who are modern, and hate the Mullahs, their norms and their laws. Farhadi’s film, A Separaion, only shows you the Iran’s people, and doesn’t say anything about the Iran’s regime. Of course, even this limited image can be very useful for the outside world, and that’s why some wise American film critics say: “You may walk out of the theater, but you can’t walk out of the movie (‘A Separation’). Because its story is all around us. Much of the reason that ‘A Separation’ has made such an impact in the West -a virtual sweep of the critics’ prizes, a Golden Globe and two Oscar nominations, including a virtually unheard of nod for a non-US screenplay – is that it isn’t a foreign film at all“.

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