Desert One

Desert One

USA | 2019 | 108 min. | Barbara Kopple

August 21 - September 17, 2020

Virtual SIFF Cinema

Using new archival sources and unprecedented access to key players on both sides, master documentarian Barbara Kopple (Miss Sharon Jones!, Harlan County USA) reveals the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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.

  • Director: Barbara Kopple
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 108 min.
  • Producer: Barbara Kopple , David Cassidy, Eric Forman
  • Cinematographers: Asad Faruqie, Gary Griffin, Gelareh Kiazand, Thomas Kaufman
  • Editors: Francisco Bello, Fabian Caballero
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English, Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes