Representation of Family in Hollywood Movies Displayed on Satellite

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Social Communication, East Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


The family in Iran is a powerful and influential institution that is undergoing change over time. Various factors have contributed to these changes. In the 21st century, media such as satellite and cinema have linked communities closer together. In such a situation, the views, attitudes and beliefs of other societies reach out to other societies in the form of images, sounds and symbols through new media. The purpose of the present study is to investigate and analyze Hollywood films displayed on satellite networks with an emphasis on the concept of family and family relationships. The research methodology is content analysis and the Hollywood productions from 2000 to 2010 displayed on the satellite networks were reviewed. The results showed that the highest frequency of families depicted in the single-parent families (mother and son) was % 21.4 and the divorced families were % 26.7. The intergenerational relationship in the investigative films is negative and is over 70% depicted. In most films where the issue of marriage has been shown in some way, the importance of marriage has been emphasized on the criteria for choosing a materially spouse based on two aspects of apparent beauty and wealth and worldly possessions.