Setting the Stage
Introduce the film by telling students that they will watch a real-life story about two soldiers who fought in the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s. Show students a map of the world, pointing out the two countries Iran and Iraq in the Middle East. Explain that the war was initiated by Iraq primarily to expand its power in the Middle East. One of the soldiers in the film acted heroically. He listened to his own instincts and performed an action against the orders of his superior officer, which he felt was the right thing to do.
What does it mean to act heroically? The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, and Star Wars are some stories that contain a hero as a main character. In these stories, the hero faces danger and adversity, acts with bravery, and goes against the odds. Ask students: How would you describe a hero? Do you see heroes in your everyday life? If so, who are they?