June 28, 2013, Washington, D.C. – “The Iranian Americans,” a documentary by Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg, has been awarded a 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Televised Documentary & Performance Division.
Filmed around the United States – from Los Angeles to Washington, DC – “The Iranian Americans” chronicles the underreported history of a group of immigrants who find refuge, overcome adversity and ultimately create new lives in the United States.
The mission of the Council on International Nontheatrical Events (CINE) is to support emerging and established producers of film, television and digital media through its film competitions, educational panels, screenings, and networking opportunities. In the more than half century since its first competition, CINE alumni have included Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Stanley Nelson, Mira Nair, Robert Zemeckis, Pixar Animation Studios, Quincy Jones and Mike Nichols, among many others.
As “The Iranian Americans” shows, the Iranians’ story begins more than two millennia ago in the Middle East, in a land that came to be called Persia. They built an empire that stretched from North Africa to India and from the Caspian to the Red Sea. A people of diverse ethnicities and faiths, they developed rich traditions that endured centuries of migrations and conquests. In the second half of the 20th century, their nation, now known as Iran, was racked by political and religious upheaval, leading ultimately to revolution. In 1979, the revolution thrust Ayatollah Khomeini into power, beginning an era when dissent was not tolerated. Tens of thousands of Iranians left their homeland for the United States, a country they would come to call home.
Iranians had been immigrating to America in small numbers for decades, primarily for education, but 1979 saw massive migration. “The Iranian Americans” is an emotional account of displacement told by more than 25 Iranians who were uprooted from their home and heritage and built completely new lives in the U.S.
Goldberg, the film’s director and executive producer, is the founder and owner of Two Cats Productions in New York, NY. For nearly 15 years, he has produced and directed news and documentaries for networks such as PBS, ABC, and CBS, along with numerous international networks. “The Iranian Americans” was written by Goldberg and producer Sara Goldblatt, narrated by CBS Sunday Morning senior correspondent Martha Teichner, and edited by Jane Wagner. The director of photography is Claudia Raschke-Robinson.
Click here to view the full list of Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award recipients.