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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
Amazing look into a society hardly known to westerners
This movie isn't slick enough to win any big awards, but what the filmmakers accomplished is incredible. It's the story of Kevin, a college basketball star from the US Virgin Islands whose career as a journeyman international basketball player takes him to one of the least likely places for an American to end up: Iran. Despite his concerns about the country, he agrees to be brought in as a ringer for an upstart team. He needs to justify the substantial investment the team made in him by leading them to the playoffs, but in order to do so, Kevin will need to do more for the team than simply being its best player.
This story serves as the substrate for a fascinating on-the-ground view of Iranian society, behind the walls created by feuding governments. You see that despite living under an authoritarian regime, the real Iranian people have desires and dreams not unlike their Western counterparts. You see much about their society that is admirable, even as people struggle against the constraints of tradition and an authoritarian government.
One can't help feeling that the world would be a much more peaceful place if ordinary people simply got to know one another. Any movie that can produce such a feeling is worth a watch.
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