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The Iran Job

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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 ...

  • DirectorTill Schauder
  • Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
  • StudioFilm Movement
  • QualityHD
  • Starring Kevin Sheppard

Reviews about The Iran Job

Boston Globe
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ...

Chicago Reader
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

The film takes a distinctly American approach to Iranian matters of gender relations and religious extremism, shedding little light on subjects that are far more complicated than Schauder makes them out to be.

Chicago Sun-Times
Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times

I confess to being a sucker for sports movies, the ones with the "Big Game" at the end. "The Iran Job" has all the requisite elements of that cinematic subgenre, but strives for something deeper.

New York Times
David DeWitt
New York Times

This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.

AV Club
Noel Murray
AV Club

The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.

Salon.com
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ...

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A film that despite its modest means tells a stirring tale about sports and politics. Starring Kevin Sheppard, a completely winning personality and basketball player.

Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An honest and open portrait of work, friendships and relationships in a troubled and lively nation blessed with a vibrant culture and cursed with an oppressive religious regime.

Hollywood & Fine
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

If you invest in Kevin Sheppard's story, it will pay off.

Shockya.com
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

The Iran Job locates an absorbing, cross-cultural universality with surprising ease.

Film School Rejects
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

As an entry into the Iranian world, Schauder and Nodjoumi made a wise choice with sports, but they made an even better choice with Sheppard.

Screen International
David D'Arcy
Screen International

This lively documentary breaks no new ground cinematically, yet its mix of discovery and befuddlement should bring more than sports fans to a basketball story.

Boston Globe
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

A lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder ...

Chicago Reader
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

The film takes a distinctly American approach to Iranian matters of gender relations and religious extremism, shedding little light on subjects that are far more complicated than Schauder makes them out to be.

Chicago Sun-Times
Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times

I confess to being a sucker for sports movies, the ones with the "Big Game" at the end. "The Iran Job" has all the requisite elements of that cinematic subgenre, but strives for something deeper.

New York Times
David DeWitt
New York Times

This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension.

AV Club
Noel Murray
AV Club

The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.

Salon.com
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ...

rec.arts.movies.reviews
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A film that despite its modest means tells a stirring tale about sports and politics. Starring Kevin Sheppard, a completely winning personality and basketball player.

Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An honest and open portrait of work, friendships and relationships in a troubled and lively nation blessed with a vibrant culture and cursed with an oppressive religious regime.

Hollywood & Fine
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

If you invest in Kevin Sheppard's story, it will pay off.

Shockya.com
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

The Iran Job locates an absorbing, cross-cultural universality with surprising ease.

Film School Rejects
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

As an entry into the Iranian world, Schauder and Nodjoumi made a wise choice with sports, but they made an even better choice with Sheppard.

Screen International
David D'Arcy
Screen International

This lively documentary breaks no new ground cinematically, yet its mix of discovery and befuddlement should bring more than sports fans to a basketball story.

The Iran Job
Beh
Nice movie

It was a a drama comedy ducomentoryWe really enjoyed watching it.

The Iran Job
Steven M.
Worth the Watch

A very interesting look into Iran. Fascinating juxtaposition between sport and politics. Glimpse of the thoughts and opinions of women who are, for the most part, forced to submit to the will of men. I wasn't a big fan of the cinematography...it felt very amateurish...too much zoom, not much focus on composition...often felt too close to the people being interviewed.Overall, I recommend the film for content. It's something new. A side of Iran unfamiliar to most Americans.

The Iran Job
Irvin Afshar
Great Documentary Film

Great documentary that is a sports documentary as well as a political and social documentary film.A great look into the daily life in Iran and the struggles of the majority of the people for freedom and their stand against the regime.

The Iran Job
Karl Weaver
Iran seen through the eyes of a US basketball player

The title sounds like some action fiction but this is a documentary and also involves sports. What do you do if you're a goodcollege basketball player, want to play for a pro team after graduation, but don't get picked up in the US? One option is to play as a member of a professional team in another country. That is the basis of this film: Kevin Sheppard from the US, and a 7 foot tall Serbian player are picked up by the basketball team of Shiraz, Iran which had just made it into the major leagues. Their goal:make the playoffs--meaning they had to finish at ...

The Iran Job
Dominic B.
Great Documentary

I decided to order this documentary because I'm a basketball fan. I enjoyed every second of this film. Great job Kevin Sheppard!

The Iran Job
K Ash
A Good Portrayal of Reality in Iran

I look forward to seeing more movies like this. Great job Kevin. Simply amazing. Keep up the good work !

The Iran Job
Christopher L. Marshall
a heartwarming and gripping documentary

Kevin Sheppard's experiences in Iran were utterly fascinating. Kevin's wit and humor made him a great observer of Iranian society. His struggles to raise the game of the team he was hired into was interesting enough, but the backdrop of Iranian society makes this film unique.

The Iran Job
Kacy K. Jahanbini
Merry Kishmish!

A great unique look into life in Iran. The family enjoyed the story and how we got a peek into the locations.

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