وزارد او دا وستساد
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Vest Side Estory

Recently the Onion's AV Club and the Tribune noted that the most-rented DVD over at Netflix is the 2005 film 'Crash', the film that tried to explore racial confilct in Los Angeles through a 90-minute commute of multi-racial fender-benders.

The film is full of stereotypes and surprises, as you'd expect. Persians were prominently showcased by the screenwriter-director Paul Haggis, like in this scene, featuring Shaun Toub and Bahar Soomekh in the interplay.

The movie also involved Bob Yari, the most prominent Iranian-American producer in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, an Iranian director is currently in L.A. shooting what is supposedly the first IRI-approved production in the States. According to that release its a tale of "three generations of Iranians from 1920 to 1981." Since it doesn't include the worst part of all -- ie, everything after 1981 -- its bound to be woefully inaccurate, incomplete, and a misrepresentation of the real deal. Kinda like 'Crash'.

If you recall there was an international exchange by Hollywood execs who travelled to Tehran back in April. Now it looks like the favor will be returned just in time for Oscar, I mean Osskaar, season.

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