The Iran Job

Directed by Till Schauder
Film Movement
90 Minutes
USA, Iran, Germany
English, Persian
Documentary, African Diaspora, Sports
Black Studies, Human Rights, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Gender Studies, Sports
Not Rated
DVD $29.95
PPR $200.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00
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When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries - Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin's season in Iran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement - a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.

"The narrative unfolds against a backdrop of the Bush and Obama administrations, Washington’s strained diplomatic relations, and the Tehran dictatorship cracking down on women while also fighting grassroots democratic uprisings in 2009. Farsi-language hip-hop provides a solid soundtrack to this captivating cross-cultural entry about athletics serving as a humanizing window into an 'enemy' culture. Highly recommended." - Video Librarian


  • Kevin Sheppard
DVD Features

Bonus short: City Bomber, directed by Till Schauder

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Exceptional in its storytelling."
    Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times
  • Highest Rating
    "You will be on the edge of your seat."
    Katie Walsh, Indiewire
  • Highest Rating
    "(Critic's Pick) Surprisingly timely."
    New York Magazine


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