Director: Drew Taylor Larry WeinsteinWriter(s): n/a
Star(s): Bob Anders, Joe Clark, Tony Mendez, William Daugherty, Ken Taylor.
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
— Grade 11 student, Earl Haig SS, Toronto
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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