Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Green, white and red

Lately I've been experiencing Iranian invasion. I am a bit obsessed with Middle East in general, not something people can understand until they go visit and see in person (my other obsession is with Asia, don't let me even start on that one). So I was pleasantly surprised to constantly discover one thing after another one that has brought back the memories when I traveled over there.

First was Argo. I was patiently waiting after all the noise around this movie calmed down so I could simply enjoyed it. I always love to see in such big movies a bit of culture and was hoping that they won't just trash Iran to make big bucks. Well, first of all, I have to give a big shout out to Ben Affleck, who directed this movie. I have another level of respect for him. It was a good movie. It really was. The end was a little too hollywoodish for me but overall I'd recommend it. Needless to say I almost got a heart attack because it was thrilling from the beginning to the end, aka if you have a heart related issues, don't watch it:).

Second is the book Persepolis. I am not into comic books but this one was more than good. I couldn't stop reading it. It's about the author's childhood in Tehran during Islamic revolution. The book that is described through children's eyes is witty, funny and sad at the same time. Her family's determination to stay in country during the war reminded me the story of our tour guide in Beirut. These people are proud of their country and are willing to fight no matter what.

And third is The Color of Paradise. The director Majid Majidi, an academy award nominee for his other movie Children of Heaven, presents us an emotional story about a blind boy who uses his heart as his main sense. Beautiful cinematography will steal your heart as you follow his story and the story of his dad who struggles to find himself. It will also give you a glimpse of the beautiful country as you have never seen it before and show you the real life of real families in Iran.

What about you? Have you ever traveled over there? Would you recommend any book/movie worth reading/watching?

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