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The Iran Job...
Germany, 2012, 93 Minute Running Time - Film starts at 7pm
Additional Countries: USA, Iran
Genre/Subjects: African/Af. Amer, Documentary, Iran, Iran, Social Issues, Sports
Programs: Documentary, Reel Social Club
Language: English, Farsi English Subtitles
DIRECTOR: Till Schauder
Producer: Sara Nodjoumi, Till Schauder
Editor: David Teague, Till Schauder
Screenwriter: Till Schauder
Cinematographer: Till Schauder
Principal Cast: Kevin Sheppard
German director Till Schauder’s documentary The Iran Job appeals to sports fans as well as observers of human nature. The film elicits cheers for an underdog Iranian basketball team along with tears for a trio of oppressed Islamic women.
When “journeyman” basketball player Kevin Sheppard is first invited to play ball in Iran for A.S. Shiraz, a new team in the elite Super League, his immediate response is, “Hell, no.” But the realization that he would never make the NBA moves him to reconsider. Sheppard, who grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaves home and moves to “enemy” territory. His girlfriend objects, his grandmother frets, but Sheppard still packs his bags. After the initial culture shock, he adapts to his new surroundings. Avid fans in the arena cheer him in Farsi as he motivates his poorly trained teammates to make the playoffs. If they don’t, he will be fired. His physical therapist, Hilda, and her female friends risk their own safety to hang out in Sheppard’s apartment. They educate him about the oppression Islamic women face on a daily basis.
In his first documentary, Schauder combines action footage of the A.S. Shiraz basketball games with scenes of Islamic street life. He adds humor through Sheppard’s interaction with a quirky restaurant owner who clucks like a chicken to confirm Sheppard’s dinner order. The film’s soundtrack, featuring Iranian hip-hop artists Shahin Najafi, Jaduguaran, and ZedBazi, bounces with as big a beat as the basketball dribbling down the court. To complete the film, Schauder made three trips to Iran and spent a total of three months shooting 300 to 400 hours of footage. In 2009, he was banned from the country. He credits The Iran Job’s success to Sheppard’s winning personality. “To make such a film, you need a special person,” he says. “Kevin is documentary gold.”
Cost: $11 for Members and $13 Non-Members Beware there is a $3 service charge for purchasing tickets on-line.
Parking: Parking is FREE in the film center parking garage or find street parking
Where to Meet: Meet the group at 6:30pm in front of the Culture Center to join the group. If you're late, find the group in the theater.
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