The Iran Job
Directed by Till Schauder
When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point-guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands, accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries – Iran – he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With acharismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikelyfriendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strongopinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season inIran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball: theuprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – apowerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the MiddleEast in the wake of the Arab Spring.Director Schauder says: I wanted to make a documentary that plays like amovie. No “experts,” no talking heads, no political statements. Instead I wantedaction, humor and romance. I did want a film that touches on the issues aroundIran (political, religious, etc), but purely through the characters and the real-lifedrama in front of me, as opposed to high-brow intellectualism.
Complimentary Persian appetizers courtesy of Sia Zadeh and Shaharazad Hamidi.
“Sad and hopeful in equal measure, and exceptional in its storytelling.”—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
Producer: Sara Nodjoumi, Till Schauder
Screenwriter: Till Schauder
Cinematographer: Till Schauder
Editor: Till Schauder
Music: Kareem Roustom
Featuring: Kareem Roustom, Eunice Sheppard, Leah Sheppard
Preceded by: The Iran Job