FRONTLINE: Our Man in Tehran DVD

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FRONTLINE presents Thomas Erdbrink’s rare and fascinating account in a 4-hour journey into the private world of Iran, revealing the people and the country in a way never before seen on U.S. TV. The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of ... More
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FRONTLINE presents Thomas Erdbrink’s rare and fascinating account in a 4-hour journey into the private world of Iran, revealing the people and the country in a way never before seen on U.S. TV. The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under theocratic leaders.

FRONTLINE: Our Man in Tehran Since 2001, Thomas Erdbrink has been covering front-page news from inside Iran. Now chief correspondent and Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, he is one of the last Western journalists living in the country. Over the course of four years beginning in 2014, he was able to get permission to travel with a crew from Dutch television around the country, meeting people and hearing stories about their lives and hopes and fears, in one of the most isolated countries in the world.

FRONTLINE presents Erdbrink’s rare and fascinating account in Our Man in Tehran - a four-hour journey into the private world of Iran, revealing the people and the country in a way never before seen on U.S. television. The series offers surprising encounters inside the closed society of Iran, as Erdbrink gets Iranians to reveal the intricacies of their private worlds and the challenges of living under theocratic leaders.

Knowing his way around, speaking Persian, and with unprecedented filming access, Erdbrink starts his journey with his Iranian friends and family, who are his introduction to the culture. The film widens out into his daily life as a reporter, watching and listening as Iran goes through a rollercoaster of changes, with a modernizing society increasingly pitted against ideologically conservative Muslim clerics.

Along the way, the series introduces a view of Iranian society that will both surprise and intrigue viewers - inside a 12-step AA meeting in a country where drinking alcohol is banned; following a young woman who decides to challenge the compulsory Islamic headscarf law; experiencing the explosive popularity of Instagram among a new generation of Iranians; or meeting a volunteer soldier who has just come back from multiple tours in Iraq and Syria and talks about martyrdom with his wife and young children nearby.

Behind the personal stories, Our Man in Tehran offers a serious look at whether this important country can open up to the world - and explores how its leaders’ harsh rhetoric against America often differs from the beliefs of ordinary Iranians.

Producer: Thomas Erdbrink
Executive Producer: Raney Aronson-Rath
Production Company: VPRO Television, The Netherlands, with Phanta Film for FRONTLINE in association with The New York Times
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Rating: TV-14
Writers: Roel Van Broekhoven
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 230 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Speedy
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I would buy a similar documentory again.
Review by Speedy on 07/17/20 review stating I would buy a similar documentory again.
I watched Part II. I found it to be one of the best documentary broadcasted by PBS. I decided to preorder the DVD and hope to receive it soon. Thanks PBS!!!
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Jessica G.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Highly Recommend
Review by Jessica G. on 07/17/20 review stating Highly Recommend
Thank you, PBS, for providing such excellent programming. Stumbled upon this one evening and was riveted. I was especially interested as I am an Armenian Christian born in Tehran in the late 1960s and my parents came to the U.S. when I was 3 years old, Thank God! This journalist does an excellent job of revealing the dichotomies of life in Iran. The program is so interesting and educational, revealing both the humorous and heartbreaking aspects of life in Iran.
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Prof.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
You must watch this fantastic documentary on Iran
Review by Prof. on 07/17/20 review stating You must watch this fantastic documentary on Iran
I saw this documentary on PBS in a recent short visit to the US. Despite being short in time, I could not switch the TV off until I had seen both episodes. I can say sincerely that it is the best documentary I have ever seen on Iran; it demonstrates life in Iran in a totally unbiased way, it is informative as well as entertaining. Erdbrink, skilfully, extracts the true characters of the people he interviews. I have recommended the DVD to all my friends on my return to London.

"Offering a clear-eyed and affectionate look at the land and its people, this is highly recommended." - Video Librarian



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