The unemployment rate in Iran has increased so high lately, that people would apply to any job advert they notice, even if it’s only a poster for a movie with a slightly misleading title.
A cinema in north-western Iran has allegedly been flooded with job applications after it started showing a new movie with a title that local had wrongly interpreted.
Although the cinema has denied the allegations, local media reported that people have been applying for a job at Cinema Bahman, the only movie theater in the city of Zanjan, after they saw the poster for a movie titled “Workmen Needed”, Fars News Agency said.
It is believed that the poster for the story dealing with divisions in Iranian society through the eyes of three men traveling to Tehran to look for work, has possibly been mistaken for an actual call for new workers at the cinema.
However, the cinema manager Parviz Azadi flatly denied such allegations, telling the ILNA news agency that, contrary to those reports, there had been no job applications from people who confused the poster for a job advertisement.
In fact, he said, while the movie has gained popularity, there has been no increase in numbers of people genuinely coming in to seek employment.
“Even before we screened the film, job seekers always came to the cinema, just as many go to other workplaces each day to find a job,” he explained.
The original claims made in conservative media have given Iranian web users the chance to make fun of President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate government because of high unemployment rates in Iran.
The country’s economy is struggling with an unemployment rate of 12.6%, which amounts to some 3.3m jobless. However, the state media is trying to paint a prettier picture, hoping that the relaxation of sanctions against the country following a deal on its nuclear program can spark a recovery.
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