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LAFF 2012 Preview: “The Iran Job” (American Pro B-baller Goes To Play In Iran, Becomes Entangled In Politics)

LAFF 2012 Preview: "The Iran Job" (American Pro B-baller Goes To Play In Iran, Becomes Entangled In Politics)

A project I profiled in February this year, after being alerted to its Kickstarter campaign to that raises over $100,000 towards completion costs!

It’ll be making its World Premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival next month.

Titled The Iran Job, the short starts with… Kevin Sheppard, a pro American basketball player, who accepts a contract to play in Iran; and further…

What begins as a typical job-for-hire, ends in an emotional roller coaster as Kevin forms an unlikely alliance with three Iranian women against the backdrop of revolutionary upheaval in Tehran. 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 currently unfolding Arab Spring.

How can that not intrigue you? Come on! It’s not exactly the kind of story one hears often; not me anyway.

I learned that the filmmaker behind the project, Till Schauder, has been working on the film since about 2008.

In December 2011 is was invited to a private, work-in-progress screening at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and has received lots of national and international press coverage.

Check out the promo trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect (full poster underneath):

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