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The Iran Job

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 8:00p to 9:40p
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

The Iran Job by Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi (US/Iran, 2012, 93 min.). In this highly entertaining documentary, American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in Iran. The film is filled with wonderful, touching moments: Kevin bonds with local shop owners, teaches his teammates American slang, and forms genuine friendships with three outspoken Iranian women. The team's perseverance get them to the playoffs, but something much bigger than basketball is happening off the court as… Show more

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Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
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June 19. 2013 - Boston.com - Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

“The Iran Job,” a lively, engaging documentary directed by the German filmmaker Till Schauder, has two things going for it. One is a pretty irresistible premise: an American playing point guard for an Iranian professional basketball team. There are fish out of water – and then there’s Kevin Sheppard. Sheppard, the point guard, is the other. He has an exuberant personality, curious mind, and engaging manner. If Michael Strahan ever leaves his morning gig with Kelly Ripa, Sheppard could step right in.

Twenty-nine at the start of the 2008-2009 season, Sheppard had spent much of his 20s as a hoop vagabond, playing in China, Brazil, Israel. “My first response when I heard about Iran was ‘Hell, no!’,” he says.

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