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The Iran Job (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Sport | 21 February 2013 (Germany)
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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 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, 12 July 2013, Limited Release

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$23,019, 14 July 2013
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I wish everyone could see this film...
25 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

A great unknown among westerners is Iran. Yes, their government and western governments are at odds. But what I am talking about is the country--not the government. What is it like? What are the people like? Well, I cannot answer that first-hand (though I'd like to go there to visit one day), I do know that by glimpsing at the country through films that it isn't really all that different from us. The people, like any people, have similar hopes, dreams and humanity-- something you miss when you watch the news on TV. Try watching some of Majid Majidi's great films like "Children of Heaven" or "The Color of Paradise" and you'll see this humanity.

In the case of "The Iran Job", however, you have a documentary--not a staged film--in order to get a glimpse at life in Iran. Through the course of the film, you travel with Kevin Sheppard as he leaves the familiarity of life in St. Croix (the US Virgin Islands) and moves to Iran to play for one of their teams. Surprisingly, he is NOT treated like an outcast even though the official government position is clearly anti-American. I was shocked how much he bonded with the team and vice-versa and the film gives you glimpses into the way young women are dealing with a harsh Muslim climate as well as the country as it nearly plunged into civil war following their hotly contested election.

All in all, a very well made film that works on many levels (heck, I even liked the rapping in Farsi that is much of the soundtrack). It helps that you genuinely like Sheppard and his teammates but it also gives a rare chance to see folks as folks--and it's a real treat that, unfortunately, too few people will end up seeing.


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