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2019 • dir Barbara Kopple • 108 min

Using new archival sources and unprecedented access to key players on both sides, master documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) reveals the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free the hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Treating all involved with respect – even when they contradict each other – Kopple brings us a story that many may know of but few have the full understanding of.

“Desert One is a treat for history buffs and the definitive film about Operation Eagle Claw.”
– Musanna Ahmed, Film Inquiry

“You emerge from “Desert One” knowing certain aspects of the Iran-hostage crisis better than you did before. That makes it a worthy film, and an absorbing one.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Desert One showcases a filmmaker at the top of her game: it’s a firm reminder of why I consider Kopple the best voice in documentary today.”
– Pat Mullen, POV Magazine