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American Wrestler: The Wizard

American WrestleR: The Wizard


  • Outstanding achievement in film, Newport Beach film festival
  • Best Actor, Newport Beach film festival
  • Best Ensemble, Boston film festival
  • Breakout Performance, Boston film festival
  • Best screenplay, Boston film festival
  • Best picture, Boston film festival
  • Audience award best feature, Austin film festival
  • Audience award favorite feature Napa Valley film Festival
  • Audience award favorite actor Napa Valley film Festival
  • Jury Award Best Actor Napa Valley film Festival 

Facing certain death on the front lines of the Iran-Iraq War, 17 year-old Ali Jahani is smuggled out of Iran and sent to live with his uncle in the small Northern California town of Petaluma. It's 1980, the midst of the Iran hostage crisis. The front page of every newspaper has images of blindfolded hostages or Iranians burning American flags. Upon his arrival, Ali is faced with a different kind of adversity - Racial discrimination and bullying. Ali's uncle, Hafez, embittered from being ostracized by his community, also doesn't want him there. He feels Ali has brought bad luck with him from Iran.

 Rejected by everyone, but determined to fit in and to make a new life for himself, Ali decides that joining a school sports team will make him seem 'like everyone else.' After failed tries at basketball and football, Ali impresses Coach Plyler and makes it onto the school's floundering Wrestling team.