Department of English

01.31.14- Southern Circuit Independent Film Series: THE IRAN JOB

“The Iran Job: A Story of an American Basketball Player in Iran”

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With the generous support from the College of AAH, the English Department and the English Majors Organization present THE IRAN JOB with filmmakers Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. McKissick Theater on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Following a screening of the film, Schauder, Nodjoumi and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and the filmmaking process. The event is open and free to all interested!

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“The Iran Job” follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics, only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the currently unfolding Arab Spring.

In the fall of 2008, husband-and-wife-filmmakers Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi had a Skype call with Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point-guard about to start a basketball contract in the Iranian Super League. He was so entertaining that they decided to start filming. Schauder filmed Kevin in Iran over several visits, until on his last trip he was informed that he had been placed on a “black list” and sent back to New York. Till Schauder is a graduate of the University of Television and Film in Munich. He teaches film classes at NYU and has been a guest lecturer at various other campuses. He has also been invited to serve on film festival juries and panels including theMunich International Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Sara Nodjoumi is a film producer and programmer. She has co-produced and directed a series of documentaries about the Iranian community in America. In 2009, Nodjoumi launched and programmed the first children’s film series at Tribeca Cinemas.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the publicvalue of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

For more information, please contact the program’s coordinators:

Aga Skrodzka (

Sarah Lauro (


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