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Coup 53

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Nine years in the making, Iranian director Taghi Amirani’s feature film debut is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah, turning Iran into a despotic monarchy. Tracing the coup from the events leading up to it through its aftermath, Amirani and editor and cowriter Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather) uncover a wealth of secrets held for over sixty years and discovered in a trove of documents and film obtained from the BBC. Assembling never-before-seen archival footage, animation, and interviews with witnesses on both sides of the conflict, Coup 53 presents a chilling exposé of one of the first covert actions by the US and UK to overthrow a sitting government in order to protect “national interests,” at the expense of what could have been the largest democracy in the Middle East.

Victoria Jaschob
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Taghi Amirani
  • Walter Murch
Cinematographer
  • Taghi Amirani
  • Chris Morphet
  • Claudia Raschke
Language
  • English
  • Italian
  • Farsi
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • DCP
  • 119 mins