Israeli series "Tehran" won Best Drama Series on Monday at the 2021 International Emmy Awards.
"Tehran," produced by the Kan public broadcaster and picked up globally by Apple TV+, follows a Mossad agent — played by Israeli actress Niv Sultan — who goes undercover on a mission in Iran to disable a nuclear reactor, unexpectedly falling in love with an Iranian man.
The show competed against India's "Araya," Chile's "el Presidente" and the United Kingdom's "There She Goes."
“‘Tehran’ is not only an espionage series, it’s also about understanding the human behind your enemy,” executive producer Dana Eden said in her acceptance speech.
The cast and crew, "work with Iranian actors from all over the world, Iranian refugees that just fled the current regime…we work in collaboration, through love, and we actually found out that we have a lot in common," she said.
"I think it gives a lot of hope for the future, and I hope that we can walk together, the Iranians and Israelis, in Jerusalem and in Tehran, as friends and not as enemies."
The show was created by Moshe Zonder, who also wrote for the critically-acclaimed Netflix show "Fauda."
“Tehran” was renewed for a second season, Apple TV+ announced in January. The first season premiered on June 22, 2020 in Israel and on September 25 internationally.