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Cultural Analysis Jamaar Sesan Conze North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
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It has been said that you can learn more about yourself from others. This is very true especially in regards to different cultures. The way we understand another’s culture directly influences the way we view our own. This lens of how we view other cultures and find correlation to our own is one of the more powerful tools that mankind has. This ability or lack thereof can either bring us together as a people or fracture us severely with the gravest of consequences. Vadim Perelman’s film House of Sand and Fog deals with the very dichotomy of intersecting cultures. House of Sand and Fog is a film based on the novel of the same name. The film tells the story of the two main characters Former Iranian Colonel Moussad Behrani, and Cathy Nicolo a despondent house cleaner who has her home foreclosed on. Mr. Behrani and his family sought political asylum in America after the fall of the Sha at the hands of the Ayatollah Khoumeini. Having come from a prestigious career in Iran to few opportunities in the U.S. Behrani was forced to work multiple menial jobs. In an order to secure a marriage for his daughter and not shame his wife and son Behrani is forced to live beyond his means and is approaching a financial abyss. Cathy is a woman who’s in a malaise; she has a history of alcohol abuse and is barely present in her own life. Her husband has left, her father past away and she has nothing tethering her to life besides the home her father left her. Due to a county tax error and Cathy being
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