Londonist was sat around watching a documentary about the state of British television the other day when we were treated to a clip from the oft repeated Dad's Army. We watched Private Pike putting his hand up to ask Captain Mainwaring a question during a lecture on THE ENEMY:
"Aren't there any nice Germans, Captain Mainwaring?"
Then last night on yet another documentary we saw a Taiwanese woman asked what exactly she was taught about the Chinese.
"Here we eat bananas but over there," she said nodding towards the Chinese mainland in the distance, "they eat only banana skins."
Then we switched over to see footage of Condoleezza Rice blabbering on about the threat posed by Iran.
Can you see where we're going with this?
We would like to do our bit to help deflect the current climate of distrust by pointing our readers in the direction of Wandsworth and Woodgreen.
An Iranian production company, Behnegar, has this week released Dariush Mehrjui's Mehman-e Maman (Mama's Guest) at the Wandsworth Cineworld with showings at the Woodgreen Cineworld to follow. Behnegar, in co-operation with Cine-UK, will be showcasing Iranian films here in the UK on a regular basis, often directly after their initial release in Iran.
Mehman-e Maman is a comedy about a poor family's attempts to pull off a traditional banquet with the help of their neighbours and has already begun to win prizes on the festival circuit.
It'd be a shame not to at least have a peek at some Iranian cinema before we start
destroying liberating the place, don't you think?