Our Man in Tehran

240 min. Roel van Broekhoven, dist. by Frontline c/o PBS, shoppbs.org. 2018. DVD ISBN 9781531705985. $24.99. SDH subtitles. COMM/INT AFFAIRS
OrangeReviewStarDutch journalist Thomas Erdbrink serves as bureau chief in Iran for the New York Times and has reported for the Washington Post, MSN, and National Geographic. This film, which aired on Frontline in 2018, follows Erdbrink as he chronicles Iranian politics and the everyday lives of the country's inhabitants. Erdbrink covers the political upheavals in Iran, including the women who protested the compulsory headscarf law, and explores many aspects of society. The Iranian government gave Erdbrink extraordinary access to the people and events shaping Iran today, and his disarming manner and fluency in Farsi allowed him to establish relationships with individuals in many walks of life.
VERDICT This fascinating look at an important but poorly understood country reveals the gulf that lies between the government's harsh anti-American rhetoric and the feelings of ordinary Iranians. Highly recommended.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing