Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Desert One


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 108 minutes

Desert One
Desert One
Desert One
Desert One

On November 4, 1979, relations between Iran and the U.S. were forever changed as Iranian student revolutionaries seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. They took 52 American Embassy staff members—diplomats and American citizens—hostage. The crisis also led to the Delta Force rescue mission that was an infamous failure. Barbara Kopple, two-time Oscar® winner (“Harlan County USA” and “American Dream”), takes us deep into the crisis with a 360-degree examination Iranian hostage crisis, which captured the attention of the American nation. The documentary has unprecedented access, including interviews with the former hostages, members of the task force, Iranian student revolutionaries, and former President Jimmy Carter. Leveraging first-hand accounts, previously unreleased recordings, and animated re-enactments, DESERT ONE provides a thorough explanation of what went wrong. (In English and Farsi with subtitles) — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 6:50 PM ET

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 11:20 AM ET

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 9:20 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


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