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History sets airdate for Barbara Kopple’s “Desert One”

History revealed plans to premiere the documentary feature Desert One from two time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) this September. The film, which first premiered at TIFF in ...
August 31, 2021

History revealed plans to premiere the documentary feature Desert One from two time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) this September.

The film, which first premiered at TIFF in 2019, is produced and directed by Kopple, with David Cassidy and Eric Forman sharing producer credits.  Executive producers for History are Eli Lehrer and Zachary G. Behr.

Desert One tells the story of the failed US rescue attempt of American hostages being held at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran in 1980. It features interviews with senior members of the Carter administration, including President Jimmy Carter and late Vice President Walter Mondale, journalist Ted Koppel, former hostages, members of the Delta Force team involved in the rescue attempt, and Iranian hostage-takers and witnesses to the rescue attempt.

“It was touching and revelatory for me to find another side of these special ops soldiers and Iranians that we don’t often see,” notes Kopple, “to sit down for such personal conversations with so many about a story that still clearly matters very much to them.”

The film premieres Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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