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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Balanced, informative docu shows violence, smoking.

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This informative and balanced documentary reveals some of the many complicated details surrounding the 1979 hostage crisis, which was the first international crisis to play out on television. It condenses some of the most important foreign policy details associated with the events that transpired in a way that is understandable for those who are unfamiliar with former Iranian-U.S. relations. But it is the descriptions and perspectives offered by the former hostages, and their former captives, that bridge the gap between policy decisions and decision-makers, and the actual impact they had, and continue to have, on their day-to-day lives.

None of this is presented in a sensational way, nor is it produced with the intention of villainizing one side over the other. Instead, Hostages does its best to offer an objective account of how international and domestic politics in both countries contributed to what happened. History and foreign policy buffs will find it easy to immerse themselves in it, and those looking to learn more about what happened will find the assessments it offers interesting.

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