DIRECTOR: Taghi Amirani VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM | CLOSES 9/3
While making a documentary about the Anglo - American coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) discover extraordinary never seen before archive material hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents not only allow the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but also lead to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. What begins as a history documentary about 4 days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran's volatile relationship with Britain and America has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.
Livestream Q&A, 8/20, 12pm estA conversation with Ralph Fiennes, Editor Walter Murch, and director Taghi Amirani is exclusive to ticketholders. Access the livestream here.
This is not some dry piece of historical revision. Amirani's passion is palpable from the start and he peppers his film with twists and reveals that would make John le Carré smile.Danny Leigh, Financial Times
Coup 53 paints a harrowing picture of the preparations for the coup, as well as the hilariously ignorant frustration of Western interventionists.Tina Hassannia, Hyperallergic