The Iran Job trailer looks interesting
It's hard to believe that an American would accept a job in Iran just now, much less a basketball player, but in this documentary that's exactly what happened as American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepted a job to play in the country and a camera crew seems to have followed him and made a documentary about his experiences in the country, made more interesting as he befriends some women, enjoys success in the team, and tries to keep politics and playing separate.
The trailer is a little rough and it doesn't explain how involved Sheppard becomes in the country and their people, but it does hint that we're going to find out a lot more than we currently do and it could well provide a valuable insight into Iran.
The film comes from director Till Schauder and the blurb is right here.
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.
We don't get to see a lot of films about Iran that aren't coming from one direction, however this documentary could be attempting to tell a different story by getting inside the country and viewing life there from a much more personal and non-politicised view.
You can read more about it including how it was Kickstarter funded, buy the film, and also buy a copy in order to host your own screening on the official film site. Could The Iran Job have something positive to say?