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(Igal Hecht, Canada). 95 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN For­mer wrestling cham­pion and cur­rent in­ter­net cu­rios­ity Khos­row Vaziri (aka the Iron Sheik) was never a bully, but he loved to play one of Amer­ica’s most hated bad guys in the early 1980s. Vaziri has cer­tainly lived an in­ter­est­ing and tragic life. He was both a body­guard to the Shah of Iran and a for­mer U. S. Olympic coach. He also dealt with the mur­der of his daugh­ter and a crip­pling drug ad­dic­tion.

This doc is for the most part re­mark­ably can­did and well rounded. Things go a lit­tle sour when the Sheik’s cur­rent man­age­ment team awk­wardly in­te­grate them­selves into the doc to­ward the end, com­ing across as self-pro­mot­ers, but Vaziri is so mag­netic and hon­est, he off­sets most of the film’s faults. AP Apr 26, 9:15 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 27, 4: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 1; May 3, 6: 30 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cin


The Sheik

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