Desert One

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In Person Events

  • Tue Feb 11 : 

    Q&A w/ dir. Barbara Kopple + host Thom Powers at 7:30!

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Two-time Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) re-examines the story of Americans taken hostage by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979. Focusing on a rescue mission, the film plays like a thriller. Kopple draws upon never-before-heard audiotapes from inside the White House, as well as new interviews with hostages, rescuers, Iranians and even President Carter, whose 1980 election loss to Ronald Reagan was greatly influenced by this decisive chapter of history.

Official selection: DOC NYC

Screening as part of the Winter 2020 season of Pure Nonfiction.

  • Country USA
  • Language In English and Farsi with English subtitles.
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
  • Running Time 108 minutes
  • Director Barbara Kopple