Sunday, February 24, 2013
I remember hearing about the first time when Kevin Sheppard was hired to play basketball for Iran's Iranian Super League. Having spent most of my college years studying Arabic & Persian, I was really curious about the effect of having an American player on their team. Most people who know their news about Iran through Western media, all they get to see is a war looming on the horizon... the constant threat of nuclear warfare & bombing of Iran (it was the same story even during the first term of Bush) make it look like the Iranian people must perceive Americans as the enemy. In actuality, on the ground Iran is the most progressive and educated Islamic country despite severe government oppression. There are more women in cinema & the sciences (it might even supersede the US's percentage) than any other Islamic countries, and the Iranian people have been paying a high price for their attempts to rise against the oppressive regime. And they love American culture. I'm really looking forward to see this film, it seems like a great testament to how a single individual can change the reality of a whole people (just like MJ did it for the world). Def recommend it!
THE IRAN JOB follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran 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 across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.