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Coup 53 (2019)

1h 59m Documentary, History 2019

While making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation,The English Patient) discover 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 it also leads to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Working with Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler’s List, The English Patient) to help bring the lost material to life, what begins as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran’s volatile relationship with America and Britain have never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.

The film is accompanied by a bonus Q&A with BAFTA winning actor Ralph Fiennes, Oscar and BAFTA winning editor Walter Murch, and director Taghi Amirani. The panel is presented by Oscar winning director Michael Moore.


Taghi Amirani


Taghi Amirani


Paul Zaentz


English, Persian, Italian, French


UK, Iran, USA

Bonus Content

Coup 53 Q&A

1h 10m

Q&A with Michael Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Walter Murch and Taghi Amirani. Recorded on Thursday January 7th 2021.

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