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Event: SC - Film: The Iran Job

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Added by Halsey_Institute , 07 Jan 2014

Taking place 13 Feb 2014 07:00 PM (Single Day Event)


Begins at 7:00pm, Free, Rated PG-13
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts
College of Charleston campus
54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Q & A with the filmmaker, Till Schauder, and a reception by Brown’s Court Bakery to follow the film

The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play professionally in one of the world’s most feared and misunderstood countries, Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Sheppard tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms a friendship 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.
Sheppard’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball, the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement. This is a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq declared over, and the world’s attention laser-focusing on Iran again, this is a critical time to take a fresh look at Iranians. It may even be crucial in avoiding the next war in a Muslim country.

For more information, contact Lizz Biswell // biswellL@cofc.edu // 843.953.5957