ifilm brings to you for this weekend a work by director Sirous Alvand who is the master of featuring cross-class relationships in Iran cinema.
The English channel has picked 'Accident' for Saturday May 11, 2019 as one of the director’s classics in Iranian cinema with an emphasis on the thwarted love set in a drastic class divide.
Most of Alvand’s film credits highlight the theme of social class divisions and how such conditions can affect human values and love stories in general.
A change of social class in his films is quite evident, including ‘Tainted Hands’ in that the director makes an attempt to feature how loving someone from a different social class can cause issues for the lover and beloved.
We have heard a lot about love that crosses class lines while cross-class relationships either end in marriage or despair.
This weekend’s movie on ifilm sets out to answer whether moving up the social ladder prompted by cross-class love really works in the Iranian context. Meanwhile, the flick gets to work with an accident!
In many counties, people oftentimes marry those coming from their own social stratification. Regarding Iranians the proverb that goes, “Birds of a feather flock together,” may well describe how we look at love over the class divide.
The Persian proverb for this concept also says, “A pigeon should go with a pigeon while a hawk should go with a hawk.”
Based on this adage, strangers from a common class background often have more in common with each other, experiencing with less intensity the chasm between the rich and poor.
Do let us know if you have any similar experience of such cross-class love in your vicinity.