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OUR MAN IN TEHRAN

(2013)
85 mins | Biography | Documentary | History |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandPG
Nova ScotiaNR
P.E.I.NR
New BrunswickNR
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaNR
SaskatchewanPG
AlbertaPG
British ColumbiaPG
Northwest TerritoriesPG
NunavutPG
YukonPG

Director: Drew Taylor Larry Weinstein

Writer(s): n/a

Star(s): Bob Anders, Joe Clark, Tony Mendez, William Daugherty, Ken Taylor.

Synopsis:

In 1979, when the US embassy in Iran was seized by militant Islamic revolutionaries, six American diplomats managed to escape. They found shelter in the home of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor and eventually escaped the strife-torn country, thanks to his efforts.
These events were fictionalized in the Hollywood film Argo, but this fascinating doc sets the record straight through archival footage and the words of those who experienced it, all culminating in the fantastical plan devised to smuggle the fugitives out.

“Sometimes, the truth can be more entertaining than fiction. If Argo was a high-stakes political thriller…it was also a simplistic and escapist escape movie about the power of Hollywood to defeat evil. So now…we Canadians respond with a documentary to reclaim our true story.”
— Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail

Excellent. A truly Canadian story. Captivating and 
bold.
— Grade 11 student, 
Earl Haig SS, Toronto


    About the Director

    Larry Weinstein

    Weinstein is the co-founder of Rhombus Media and the director of Inside Hana’s Suitcase. His producing credits include Last Night (p.29), Thirty- Two Short Films about Glenn Gould, Blindness and The Saddest Music in the World. Our Man in Tehran is Taylor’s first film after careers in baseball and bioengineering.

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    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

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