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Video Librarian
November, 2012
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An eye-opening look at Iranian middle-class life, this is recommended.
Stanford University
The Clayman Institute of Gender Research: "Our Summer in Tehran" connects women across cultures
August 20, 2012
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Shapiro hoped to show what she didn’t see in the mainstream media—as she puts it, the 'inside of someone’s bathroom, what’s in their kitchen cabinets.' This desire grew out of Shapiro’s role as a mother, raising her son 'to be a mensch in this world.' She wanted a project that would show Mateo the commonalities across cultures, because 'what we’re seeing on TV is the extreme.' Thus, she began planning for 'Our Summer in Tehran.'
National Iranian American Council
National Iranian American Council: Justine Shapiro and "Our Summer in Tehran"
August 9, 2012
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'I want to meet Iranian mothers in their homes before our sons meet on the battlefield,' said Justine Shapiro, Jewish- American filmmaker and former host of travel series GlobeTrekker.
National Iranian American Council-Let's Talk Iran
Let's Talk Iran: Justine Shapiro & “Our Summer in Tehran”
August 9, 2012
Artlice + Podcast Let's Talk Iran - Justine Shapiro & “Our Summer in Tehran”
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In this episode, we speak with Jewish-American filmmaker Justine Shapiro. Justine is the former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker and was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary called “Promises,” which gave us a look into the lives of Palestinian and Israeli children in and around Jerusalem. Justine’s newest documentary, “Our Summer in Tehran” shows us the seldom seen realm of middle class family life in Iran.
Booklist
Booklist: Online Exclusive - Our Summer in Tehran
July 31, 2012
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Daily life in Iran seems surprisingly normal in this poignant, respectful, and open-minded peek at a country and culture that is often misunderstood.
KQED Arts
KQED ARTS: The Iranian Odyssey of Justine Shapiro
February 15, 2011
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Iranian authorities forced Shapiro to stop filming, then confiscated all the documentary's footage -- leaving Shapiro without the work she had spent three years fund-raising for and arranging.

DOX Magazine

Spring 2011
J Weekly
J Weekly.com: In Iran, Berkeley Jewish filmmaker finds plenty of love
April 28, 2011
Online Article In Iran, Berkeley Jewish filmmaker finds plenty of love

'What most of us know about the world is from crisis-driven news,' Shapiro said. 'I wanted to show what I experienced, which is that a lot of people on the planet are doing OK.'

Nerdy Apple Bottom: Cross Examination – Justine Shapiro
April 1, 2011
Online Article Cross Examination – Justine Shapiro

In Our Summer in Tehran, Justine and her 6 year-old son Mateo spend the summer with three middle-class families in Tehran, Iran transcending overt politics in favor of subtle, human, and often humorous moments.

CineSource: Survey of New Bay Area Docs
February 10, 2010
Online Article Our Summer in Tehran

San Francisco-based filmmaker David Brown surveys new Bay Area documentaries, including
  • Our Summer in Tehran.

  • Tufts University: Tufts E-News
    January 13, 2010
    Online Article A Familiar Connection


    Travel with Rick Steves Radio Show
    Rick Steves interviews Justine about ONE SUMMER IN TEHRAN
    January 9, 2010
    Online Article End of the Orient Express: A Summer in Tehran.

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    Travel show host Rick Steves interviews Our Summer in Tehran producer/director Justine Shapiro about her experiences in Iran making the documentary.


    Pilot Productions
    Transcript, Globe Trekker Web Chat with Justine Shapiro
    November 5, 2009
    Online Article Globe Trekker Justine Shapiro Web Chat

    For 10 years Our Summer in Tehran filmmaker Justine Shapiro was a host for the television travel series Globe Trekker. Read the transcript of Justine’s web chat with Globe Trekker fans, including news about Our Summer in Tehran.

    Independent Magazine
    10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2009
    January 28, 2009
    Online Article Ten To Watch

    Independent Magazine declares Justine Shapiro a top filmmaker to watch with the release of her new documentary Our Summer in Tehran.