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The Iran Job (2012)

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A documentary that follows one year in the life of American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who signed on to play for the upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Sheppard ...
Himself
Eunice Sheppard ...
Herself, Kevin Sheppard's grandmother
Leah Sheppard ...
Herself
Gholam Reza Khajeh ...
Himself - owner of basketball team A. S. Shiraz
Asadollah Kabir ...
Himself, A. S. Shiraz's coach
Zoran Majkic ...
Himself, team member (as Zoran)
Hilda ...
Herself, physiotherapist
Elaheh ...
Herself
Laleh ...
Herself
Ali Doraghi ...
Himself, team member
Kami Jamshidvand ...
Himself, team member
Mehdi Shirjang ...
Himself, team member
Ramin Ahmadi ...
Himself, political scientist
Waitari Marsh ...
Himself, team member
Hemzel Shimishi ...
Himself, team member
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At the height of international tension between America and Iran, Kevin Sheppard, a charismatic African-American basketball player accepts an offer to play professional basketball in Iran. What begins as a desire to 'explore the unknown' ends in an emotional roller-coaster as he forms an unlikely alliance with three young Iranian women against the backdrop of revolutionary social upheaval in Iran. Written by Anonymous

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The story of an American basketball player in Iran.

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$216 (USA) (12 July 2013)

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$23,019 (USA) (12 July 2013)
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An excellent film.
17 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am making comments on this film in reaction to a previous review I saw which completely slammed it on very little basis. Firstly, I didn't think the 3 Iranian women in the documentary came across as having "no other worries other than becoming an actress or getting married" - anything but - they were strong women prepared to speak up about the political situation in Iran and the position of women. I'm not surprised they are in trouble with the authorities and my one criticism of the film makers is that they effectively encouraged them to reveal their identities in one scene on the understanding that the film was not going to be seen by those inside Iran. The most important outcome of the film for me was Kevin's (The US basketball player's) comment that he now thought he understood and respected the point of women on a deeper level since knowing these women in Iran.

Iranians in the film didn't come across as "hopeless idiots" nor did Iranian culture as "shallow and ridiculous". I wonder if we saw the same film really? A clue to this hopelessly negative review, however, might be the reviewer's statement: "It was unfortunate that I wasn't informed about this movie's exceptionally low quality beforehand, so I figured I do my share of informing those who haven't spent their time and money on it yet". I'm always wary of people who look to be "informed" of a film's low quality beforehand - who would do the informing? Someone with exactly the same views as yourself, I suppose. Most people prefer to make their own minds up.

Also, by the way, it is a difficult, if not totally unfair, task to compare a fictionalised blockbuster Hollywood drama like "Argo" with a very small budget documentary like "The Iran Job". Personally, I admire Argo as an exceptional film but you only have to know a few Iranians to know how controversial Argo is to them. Many regard the portrayal of the Iranian characters in it as just as stereotypically idiotic as you claim those in the Iran Job to be.


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