CONGRATULATIONS! COUP 53 has qualified for the Academy Awards in Documentary Feature and BAFTAS in six categories, including Outstanding Debut, Outstanding British Film, and Editing.
COUP 53 unveils the story of Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6 staged coup in 1953 in Iran that overthrew the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh – with consequences that still shape the modern world. Director Taghi Amirani’s 10-year tenacious investigation into this covert operation uncovers troves of never-seen-before source material, the recently recovered and uncensored transcript of the British spy who masterminded the coup (Norman Darbyshire), and oral histories of Iranian witnesses to the coup, including a play-by-play from the ousted Prime Ministers head of security. Features Ralph Fiennes as CIA Operative Norman Darbyshire. 118 minutes.
“A LIVE-WIRE THRILLER THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR.” PLAYLIST