Crash - 2004
Directed by Paul Haggis
This 2005 Best Picture Winner's depiction of Los Angeles race relations features an Iranian family in one of the interlocking storylines. This is fitting considering the large Iranian and Iranian-American population of L.A. that refer to the town as "Tehrangeles."
Color, 1 hour 53 minutes, English
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Farhad (played by Iranian Sean Toub) is a loud, obnoxious, paranoid store owner who inexplicably thinks that buying a gun will solve his store's security problems.
After Farhad talks to his daughter in Farsi, the gun store owner looses his patience and calls Farhad "Osama" among other insults.
Farhad's daughter Dorri (played by Iranian-born Bahar Soomekh) tries to play peacekeeper. Her character is enrolled in medical school, a positive stereotype, but a stereotype nonetheless.
Farhad is suspicious of the locksmith who suggests that he fix his door, not the lock. His favorite phrase seems to be "You try to cheat me."
Dorri finds her family cleaning up the store after it has been wrecked by racially motivated vandals.
Dorri's mother Shireen (played by Greek-American actress Marina Sirtis) madly scrubs away the graffiti. Her line, "They think we are Arab" sums up a common American misconception.
With "Arab Scum" clearly visible in the background, Dorri is still in shock over the senselessness of the crime.
Farhad pulls a gun on the locksmith. Quite possibly a new low-point in the Hollywood portrayal of Iranians.
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