Multcolib Picks: While you wait for... Argo
Annotation:After the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner to lead a team of undercover agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one by one. It is physically and emotionally messy work, and conflicts between Avner and his team's handler, Ephraim, over information Avner doesn't want to provide only make things harder.
Annotation:A career CIA operative, an up-and-coming oil broker, a corporate lawyer, and a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager each play their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the oil industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Annotation:Depicts the global power struggle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union from the dawn of the Cold War in the 1950s to the downfall of the Soviet Union in the '90s, told from the viewpoint of CIA and KGB spies.
Annotation:The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by Israel because of the secret mission that they embarked on for their country back in 1965-1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it?
Annotation:"Based on a true story, this Fajr Film Festival Audience Award-winner is an action film filled with dark humor. Ghassem (Hamid Farrokhnezhad) is a man at his wit's end and desperate to get his family out of Iran. Together with his pregnant wife, he hijacks a plane, but undercover officers onboard the flight will not let the hijacking go smoothly." - Facets website.
Annotation:Argo shows us the heroism of the Canadian diplomats who sheltered Americans. The documentary Diplomats for the Damned tells the story of four government officials who refused to follow orders so that they could save the lives of several thousand Jews during Hitler's regime.
Annotation:This documentary tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, consul to Lithuania during World War II. Sugihara defied Tokyo authorities and wrote transit visas that allowed hundreds of Jewish families to flee Europe through Russia to Japan and other countries.
Annotation:Based on the autobiography of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose covert identity was exposed when her husband, retired Ambassador Joe Wilson, wrote a newspaper article challenging the basis for the claim that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Annotation:A CIA agent who is on the run from a mass slaughter in his research office suddenly finds himself the target of both his employers and the unknown killers of his associates.
Annotation:When a gifted ghostwriter is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue. Lang is implicated in a scandal over his administration's harsh tactics, and as the ghostwriter digs into the politician's past, he discovers secrets that threaten to jeopardize international relations forever.
Annotation:The book that inspired the film, this is the true story of how a team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders used the guise of filmmaking to rescue six Americans hiding in Iran after escaping the November 4, 1979 takeover of the American embassy.
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Winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture, Argo is based on the true story of the risky escape of six Americans from Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. While you wait for Argo, check out these thrillers about politics, espionage, heroism, and desperate circumstances.