Usually, it's the characters in the video games themselves that have the code names. Agent 47. Solid Snake. The Illusive Man. But, here in real life, a young Iranian artist working on a game has fled his homeland and hides his identity, all so he can do the thing he's always dreamed of.
He's going by Mr. Phoenix now and he's helping to make 1979 Revolution, an altogether different kind of video game. One that dredges up an ugly moment in history, when the revolution that was supposed to free Iran from oppression wound up ushering in an even worse regime. And, because the political descendants of that regime think that creator Navid Khonsari is a spy, a young man helping bring 1979 Revolution to life left everything he's ever known behind to make sure his family stays safe.