Film - Documentary | October 12 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Nine years in the making, Iranian director Taghi Amiranis feature film debut is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup détat 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.
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