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Our Man in Tehran: A True Story of Argo

Taylor, Drew; Weinstein, Larry; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
In 1979 we found ourselves in an impossible situation. We had three CIA operatives in Tehran, but all three had been taken hostage in the American Embassy with the others. In those troubled days, we reached out to the Canadians. Ambassador Ken Taylor became our greatest asset. He was our man in Tehran. - President Jimmy Carter Our Man in Tehran is an in- depth, intimate exploration of the true story behind Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film Argo. In this gripping new documentary, the story of the Canadian Caper is told by the man who knows it best: Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans in his official residence and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape from Tehran. Based on Robert Wright's book, the film uncovers new information and adds valuable context, including an historical overview of Iran, interviews with the rescued Americans, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, ex-CIA officer Tony Mendez, and many others. Engaging... more entertaining than Argo's fiction.- Globe and Mail An intelligent, complex and tension-filled story that breathes life into historical events [and] adds rich detail to the events from the people who were there. - Toronto Star A nostalgic and refreshingly balanced tapestry of commentary and archival footage... Fascinating! -Victoria Times Colonist Compelling!' - Montreal Gazette
Release Date
2013
Language
In: English
Notes
  • In Process Record.
  • Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by First Run Features in 2013.
Publisher no.
1139551 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 86 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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