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‘Bring Them Home,’ a new Documentary from Washington Post Opinions, to Debut at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival this February


When Iranian officials imprisoned a U.S. businessman on bogus espionage charges, his family was...

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The Washington Post on Thursday announced that ‘Bring Them Home,’ a new documentary from Washington Post Opinions, will premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival this February. The short documentary, supported by the Pulitzer Center, follows an American family fighting to free husband and father Emad Shargi from an Iranian prison, where he is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted of baseless espionage charges without a trial.

“Dozens of U.S. nationals are currently being held hostage by foreign governments for leverage. ‘Bring Them Home’ sheds light on a crisis that is becoming a new geopolitical norm: hostage-taking as a foreign policy tool,” said Kate Woodsome, who leads Opinions Video at The Washington Post and is co-director of the short film with Ray Whitehouse. “The film is an intimate, timely portrayal of the latest chapter in the decades-long Iran hostage crisis, and more broadly, offers a window into the global problem of arbitrary detentions. We are grateful to be debuting it at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.”

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Now entering its 19th year, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, elevating nonfiction films that have the power to transform our world, our culture, our youth and ourselves. The festival will run from Feb. 18 to 27, 2022, in Missoula, Mont., as well as stream online.

The short documentary will publish online this spring at


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