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It was a a drama comedy ducomentory
We really enjoyed watching it.
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.
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 title sounds like some action fiction but this is a documentary and also involves sports. What do you do if you're a good
college 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 least 8th out of 13 teams, something no other team in Iran's history had done in its first year in the major league. Iran's rules allowed each team to accept 2 foreigners maximum. Sheppard's contract essentially iis that he must get the Shiraz team into the finals, or the contract ends.
It turns out that as he begins, George W. Bush, who called Iran a member of the "Axis of Evil", Is President of the U.S. and considering whether or not to militarily strike as urged by Israel, to inhibit Iran's nuclear reactor program. As the games continue, Obama wins the next election and is sworn in in January, and Iran undergoes its own election, in which Ahmadinejad is seriously challenged by the reform candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi in 2009, in the so-called "green movement". Ultimately Ahmadinejad was rapidly declared winner by a fairly wide margin, demonstrations break out in Teheran and other large cities, and are rapidly repressed by the police and the revolutionary guards. Moussavi and his wife remain under house arrest. And the Shiraz team...
well, I shouldn't spoil the ending...
Intresting story of two different cultures, seen
up-close from the eyes of an American
basketball player. B+
I decided to order this documentary because I'm a basketball fan. I enjoyed every second of this film. Great job Kevin Sheppard!
I look forward to seeing more movies like this. Great job Kevin. Simply amazing. Keep up the good work !
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.
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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