Streaming Release! (CC)

Desert One


Once you purchase an “e-ticket” you will be sent a link & password to view the film. The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 50/50. You can watch Desert One for 72 hours after you receive a link via email. The film may be watched on your mobile device, computer, and other streaming devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

“It has all the facts and all the thrills to boot … showcases a filmmaker at the top of her game.” – Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

Using new archival sources and unprecedented access to key players on both sides, Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA) reveals the unbelievable true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution. 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.  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. (Dir. by Barbara Kopple, 2019, USA, 107 mins., Not Rated)

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