COUP 53 // ENCORE PRESENTATION
Bozeman Q&A with Director Taghi Amirani, Oscar-winning Editor Walter Murch and Montana Co-Producer Gerry Orhstrom. Moderated by Bozeman-based writer and filmmaker Seonaid Campbell.
STREAMS DEC 18 – JAN 14
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.
Named one of 2020’s Top Docs by The Washington Post, Playlist calls it “A LIVE-WIRE THRILLER THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR.“ Garnering a 100% Rotten Tomato Score, this Oscar and BAFTA contender is rife with the political intrigue promised by its title and a spellbinding documentary with the heart of a thriller.
Director Taghi Amirani // Editor Walter Murch (The Godfather Series, Apocalypse Now) // Featuring dialogue by Ralph Fiennes as CIA Operative Darbyshire. 118 minutes.