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Our Man In Tehran

The true story you didn't hear in Argo

Sometimes, the truth can be more entertaining than fiction. So now, in typically earnest fashion, we Canadians respond with a documentary to reclaim our true story. But if the goal is predictable, the result is consistently engaging, as co-directors Larry Weinstein (Inside Hana’s Suitcase) and Drew Taylor call on eyewitnesses – then-Prime Minister Joe Clark, Secretary of State for External Affairs Flora MacDonald, the U.S. National Security Adviser Gary Sick, and others – to bring to intimate life the era’s jittery nature and the heroism of Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran who was dubbed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter ‘our man in Tehran’ after overseeing the Americans’ escape. On film, more than three decades later, Taylor seems ambivalent about his own triumph: Sure, he outsmarted agents of the Ayatollah, but he knows it’s the Iranian common folk who continue to suffer the consequences of that period. – Simon Houpt, The Globe And Mail Official Trailer
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Directed by: 
Drew Taylor, Larry Weinstein
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featuring Ken Taylor
Screenplay by: 
Drew Taylor, Robert Wright

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