“I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, a people who respect all cultures and civilisations and despise hostility and resentment.” – Asghar Farhadi
When Asghar Farhadi won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, it was one of the first times since the fall of the Shah that anyone had spoken publicly of Iran and its people in more than concerned or judgmental tones. Instead, Farhadi spoke of a “rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics”. His homeland was intoxicated.
From Iran, A Separation explores what Farhadi’s monumental achievement and landmark speech meant on the ground in Tehran and throughout Iran. Directors Azadeh Mousavi and Kourosh Ataei mix interviews with prominent Iranian filmmakers and actors with vibrant animations to produce an enthralling picture of everyday life in modern Iran, where compromise and culture are bound together in surprising and infinitely complex ways.