Our Summer in Tehran, takes us into the fascinating, and yet strikingly familiar home of the typical Iranian family. This documentary film is an intimate and nuanced portrait, not of a nation, but of its people.

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Justine Shapiro, a Jewish-American filmmaker and former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker, takes her 6-year-old son with her to Tehran where they spend the summer with three families: a religious family with ties to the government; a cosmopolitan, secular family; and a single mom. When the Iranian government abruptly gives Justine and Mateo 48 hours to leave the country, promising relationships are severed. In English and Persian with English subtitles. 59 minutes. Produced by Promises Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with partial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Written by Promises Films

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A film everyone should see
9 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This beautiful little film is an essay in the goodness of people and the tyranny of despotic governments. The Iranian people are shown as a kind, loving and inclusive bunch in this wonderful little film. This is not a piece about the radical Islam or terrorism that much of the west stereo typically associates with the Islamic Republic but a film about normal families doing what families do all over the world. I was touched by the warmth expressed by the Iranian participants and angered by the decision of the administration to cut short the project for no other reason than their sheer bloody mindedness. I saw this on television. The world would be a better place if this was on prime time TV rather than endless talent quests and competitive cooking shows.


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