Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian filmmaker, directing foreign films mostly revolving around Iranian characters. But dude also has a knack for directing films I can easily see black folk getting down with.
His last film, 2011’s A Separation (which won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012), centered on a recently separated couple and the immense drama that percolates when the husband hires a lower-class caregiver to tend after his father, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. I was floored after I saw it – not just because it was a well-executed piece of Middle Eastern neo-realism, but because I could associate with it so damn easily. I related to these characters more than any film with Americans I saw that year. (I joked on Twitter that I’m going to start calling the movie Iranians Got Black Folks’ Problems.)