Desert One

  • Barbara Kopple
  • United States
  • 2019
  • 108 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Masters
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In 1979, soon after Ayatollah Khomeini took power in Iran and the ousted Shah found shelter in the United States—to the great frustration of Iran’s new leaders—a group of revolutionaries attacked the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage. They were held captive there for 444 days. President Jimmy Carter announced that he wanted to resolve the situation through diplomatic channels, but later on he planned a secret military rescue mission.

In this film that is paced as a thriller, acclaimed director Barbara Kopple uses many interviews—with hostages, members of the military who took part in the rescue mission, representatives of the media, and even former President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale—to meticulously reconstruct this defining period in history when U.S.-Iranian relations were on the brink of disaster.

Illustrated with animations and lots of archive footage, the story focuses on the woefully unsuccessful rescue mission and the political wrangling in the background, culminating in Carter’s landslide loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980.

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Thu 21 November - 15:30 - 17:23
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Credits

  • 108 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Farsi
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Barbara Kopple
Production
Eric Forman, Barbara Kopple, David Cassidy
Cinematography
Thomas Kaufman, Gary Griffin, Asad Faruqi
Animation
Zartosht Soltani
Editing
Fabian Caballero , Francisco Bello
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