DESERT ONE Documentary Films


Talent attending: Barbara Kopple (Director)

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students, irate over President Jimmy Carter’s decision to grant asylum to the deposed Shah of Iran, stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and seized over 60 American hostages. After months of failed negotiations with Iran’s new leader (the radical cleric Ayatollah Khomeini) and with his presidency increasingly consumed by the hostage crisis, Carter turned to the Army’s newly created elite Delta Force for a daring plan. The resulting secret mission would prove to be one of the most audacious and controversial in U.S. history.

Two-time Academy Award®-winning director Barbara Kopple brilliantly brings to life the Delta Force’s mission. Using previously unseen archival material and riveting interviews with all of the principals, including President Carter, Kopple paints an unforgettable portrait of American heroism — and its profound cost. –Ken Jacobson

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award®-winning filmmaker. Barbara produced and directed HARLAN COUNTY USA and AMERICAN DREAM, both winners of the Academy Award®. Her other films include NEW HOMELAND, A MURDER IN MANSFIELD, THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS, MISS SHARON JONES!, SHUT UP AND SING and many more.

Adam Segal
The 2050 Group


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Barbara Kopple

Screenwriter: Francisco Bello

Producers: Barbara Kopple, Eric Forman, David Cassidy

Executive Producers: Zachary Behr, Eli Lehrer

Directors of Photography: Asad Faruqi, Gary Griffin, Tom Kaufman, Gelareh Kiazand

Editors: Francisco Bello, Fabian Caballero

Music: Wendy Blackstone

Cast/Featuring: Jimmy Carter, Ted Koppel, Walter Mondale

Running Time (minutes): 108 min

Languages: English, Farsi