DVD Documentary Tells the Inside Story of the Iran Hostage Crisis

This multi-award winning documentary chronicles the excruciating experience endured by 52 American captives held hostage by Islamic radicals from 1979 to 1981. The story is told by the actual captives.

New York, NY, July 20, 2006 --(PR.com)-- V.I.E.W. Video, a leading home video label specializing in documentaries, music, and performing arts programs announced the July 2006 release of The Iran Hostage Crisis: 444 Days to Freedom, making available for the first time on DVD the complete story of the Iran hostage crisis from day 1 to day 445.

This multi-award winning, 96-minute documentary, honored with Three Gemini’s (Canadian Emmys) for Best Documentary, Best Director, and Best Film-Editing, chronicles the excruciating experience endured by the 52 American citizens held hostage by Islamic radicals from November 1979 to January 1981. Interweaving previously unreleased footage from inside the embassy compound in Tehran, with post-release interviews and contemporary news broadcasts, Les Harris’s The Iran Hostage Crisis:444 Days to Freedom is the hostage’s story. It moves presidents and pundits to the wings, and leaves center stage for the captives and a few of their friends. The result, in the words of the Wall Street Journal, delivers “an unusual emotional wallop.”

Bob Karcy, President of V.I.E.W., recalls his reaction when he first saw the film, which has aired on PBS’s frontline and televisions stations around the world: “There is an immediacy about the movie which makes you feel as if you were there. And when they climb aboard the plane, it’s almost as if you too were finally going home.”

Even in today’s media saturated-saturated environment, with a new tale-for-the-ages emerging every other week, the hostage taking in Iran remains a climatic episode. It brought to a fitting, if doleful conclusion, a decade which witnessed a series of crushing blows to the American ego: Watergate, Vietnam, The Oil Crisis, to name a few. Almost all of these events seem to be repeated today: The war in Iraq, escalating gas prices, governmental authoritative overstepping, and the threat of renewed hostilities given Iran’s current nuclear program. This video documentary bridges the gap, and provides an insightful view in to our nation’s turbulent relationship with one of the strongest Middle Eastern governments.

The hostages were representatives of a supposed super-power, yet they suddenly found themselves confined, bewildered, and afraid for their lives. Their sorry predicament made the people back home feel ashamed and humiliated at the mockery that was made of American might. Those stuck in Iran on the other hand, managed to rise to the occasion, displaying resilience and courage under pressure. Caught in the eye of a storm which wrecked havoc on the American psyche, they survived to tell a story that is cautionary, uplifting, and well worth remembering in the post-Cold War era, when the threat from fundamentalism and terrorism seems to grow greater by the day.

V.I.E.W. Video is proud to present the award-winning program The Iran Hostage Crisis: 444 Days to Freedom for the first time on DVD. The DVD retails for $19.98.

Jerald Miller