The Iran Job | Movie review
Basketball player Kevin Sheppard experiences Iran.
A journeyman point guard who’s played all over the globe, Kevin Sheppard makes an unlikely ambassador. But when he took a job playing for Iran’s new A.S. Shiraz team in 2008, the Virgin Islander became one of the few U.S. citizens allowed to enter the country. Till Schauder’s documentary follows his experiences. Everyday Iranians, unsurprisingly, prove to be less hostile and more freethinking than their repressive government: A shopkeeper tells Sheppard about the time he smoked marijuana in Nashville, and our hero spends time with three young women who decry the culture of head scarves and arranged marriages. The doc’s technique of cutting between warm exchanges and the bellicose rhetoric of presidents Ahmadinejad and Bush wears thin with overuse, but the big-hearted Sheppard is an amiable tour guide.