Our Summer in Tehran

Our Summer in Tehran
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Justine Shapiro | Language: English, Persian, English Subtitles | Length: 59 minutes | Country: Iran | Year: 2009 | Rating: NR

Justine Shapiro, a Jewish-American filmmaker and former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker, takes her 6-year-old son with her to Tehran where they spend the summer with three families: the family of a doctor who works with the Revolutionary Guards; a two-career, multi-generational family; and a single mom who’s an actress. The surprising relationships that arise over the time of the filming, and the exposure to politically and culturally diverse Iranians living normal, middle-class lives in the midst of great international tension, make this film a real must-see. When the Iranian government abruptly gives Justine and Mateo 48 hours to leave the country, promising relationships are severed. Produced by Promises Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with partial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Visit the film’s website here.
Available to purchase to stream online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2, WH.H.8.3

A Time for Drunken Horses

A Time for Drunken Horses
Genre:
Drama | Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Language: Kurdish, Persian, English Subtitles | Length: 80 minutes | Country: Iran, Iraq, Kurd | Year: 2000 | Rating: NR

After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. This heartbreaking tale shows the lengths to which a family will go in order to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor in order to work.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.1

Iran: a Cinematographic Revolution

Iran: a Cinematographic Revolution
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Nader Homayoun | Language: Persian, English Subtitles | Length: 98 minutes | Country: Iran | Year: 2006 | Rating: NR – TV Movie

Today, Iranian cinema is one of the most highly regarded national cinemas in the world, regularly winning festival awards and critical acclaim for films which combine remarkable artistry and social relevance. IRAN: A CINEMATOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION traces the development of this film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country’s tumultuous political history, from the decades-long reign of Reza Shah Pahlevi and his son, the rise of Khomeini and the birth of the Islamic Republic, the seizure by militants of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and the devastating war with Iraq.

Available for a small fee on Netflix.