‘Baran’ brings cultural call

Pics portrays 'Hope' for peace

HOLLYWOOD — While a mostly Iranian aud packed the screening of Miramax’s “Baran” at Culver City Studios’ Ince Theater on Jan. 14, many said the pic about a Persian who falls in love with an Afghan refugee was a call to cross-cultural communication.

“I think the real connection has been between different ethnic groups not just within the ethnic groups,” said Farshad Ragstegar, CEO of Relief Intl.

“I think that’s possibly what was part of the problem before, where people were in their own cliques, but now you have different ethnicities reaching across and being open to ideas from the other groups. That’s the beauty of rising above a tragedy.”

Message of hope

The bleak conditions portrayed in “Baran” can’t begin to compare to the conditions director Majid Majidi said he encountered while filming his upcoming docu “The Color of Hope,” which explores the lives of children at Intl. Red Cross refugee camps in the territory. “In this situation a lot of people are dying of starvation and cold. At any given moment, the lives of thousands of people are in peril,” Majidi said. “Yet among all that devastation there is such passion for life among the children and the women that it is incredible.”

“The Color of Hope” was recently acquired by Miramax.

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