They're calling it "Rouhanimania" - the hope and curiosity and enthusiasm surrounding the visit of the new Iranian president, Mahmoud Rouhani, to the U.S. for the UN General Assembly meeting.
About films from Iran that show us how much we have in common?
. . . including certain graphic novels that have been turned into a film?
What about the poetry of Iran that has captured the Western imagination in decades past?
. . . or about our own personal connections to Iran?
There's a lot more to Iran than we've been exposed to by the U.S. foreign policy narrative.
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Rouhanimania . . . and maybe even Iranmania? . . . an idea whose time has come . . . .
|Mahmoud Rouhani, president of Iran, meets the press|
a spread in People magazine in June . . . not to mention the publication of a memoir, Hard Choices. It's a campaign full of "get tough" posturing.
(See One Little Word That Will Sink the Hillary Clinton Presidential Run ("Obliterate") )
(See Feb 4 - Resources About Iran)
Shahrnush Parsipur.. The first time I saw it, at the end I walked straight to the ticket window and bought another ticket and walked right back in and watched it again. The film contains haunting scene after haunting scene, and it makes it clear that Iran is a place where people are able to ask questions about patriarchy and about what it is going to take to overcome it.
(See Women Without Men as a US-Iran Cultural Bridge)
(See IRAN: 3 Reality Checks on the Emerging U.S. Narrative)
(See Why Does Iran Arouse So Much Hostility?)