Our Summer in Tehran on WXXI-TV

Our Summer in Tehran on WXXI-TV

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 10:00pm

Part poetry, part travelogue, part family drama, Our Summer in Tehran takes viewers beyond the heated headlines and into a fascinating and strikingly familiar land. 

Our Summer in Tehran, airing on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) Monday, August 8 at 10 p.m., transports viewers into the seldom seen realm of middle class family life in Iran, transcending overt politics in favor of subtle, human, and often humorous moments. An encore presentation of the film airs Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Filmmaker Justine Shapiro took viewers into the lives of Palestinians and Israeli children in and around Jerusalem in her Oscar-nominated documentary, Promises. Now, the Jewish-American filmmaker and former host of the travel series Globe Trekker, takes her six-year-old son Mateo with her to Tehran. There they spend the summer with three families: a religious family with ties to the government; a modern, secular family; and a single mom who is an actress. Over the course of three months, Justine and Mateo share daily life in their homes, at their jobs, in playgrounds and in cafés. They take part in the ordinary acts, like shopping at the bazaar or enjoying a picnic in the park, and also find themselves caught up in the all-too-common power play that exists among the various ministries in Iran. When the Iranian government abruptly gives Justine and Mateo 48 hours to leave the country, promising relationships are severed.

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Our Summer in Tehran

When will it be shown again? I missed it.

Our Summer in Tahran

This film is not scheduled to be rebroadcast at this time, but we will do our best to re-air it at some point.

In the mean time, you can learn more about the film and filmmakers at http://www.oursummer....

Thank you for your interest!

Our Summer In Tehran

I absolutely loved this film. My congratulations to Ms. Shapiro, to PBS and to the families in Iran. I have been fascinated with Iranian culture for many years and I have read many books on the subject. Most of these books center on the negative. This film showed Iranians as just plain people trying to go about their daily lives in peace. There were so many beautiful and interesting places shown in this film that I never have seen photographed before. It is such a shame people are prevented from traveling to places because of government policies by any country. Why can't we all just live and let live? I encougrage you to rerun this wonderful film. Thank you.