Today, Ben Affleck’s new film Argo opens across the country. The man who won an Oscar off of Matt Damon’s coattails has picked a timely and dramatic topic — the 1979 Iranian revolution. The film follows Americans working with Canadians to smuggle six American ambassadors out of Iran under the guise of shooting a Hollywood sci-fi movie in the exotic Iranian landscape. The escape is somewhat fictionalized in the film, but it did happen. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand the historical context of these events to really appreciate this film.