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About Coup 53: Iran at the crossroads of geopolitics

Coup 53 is the result of an investigation into the role of the British and American secret services in the coup that overthrew Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh on 19 August 1953. Based on never-seen-before archive material, historical re-enactments and powerful testimonies, Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani and legendary editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) present an in-depth documentary thriller that unveils the secrets of a story that shapeshifts with every re-telling. Look back on an historic event whose consequences on regional and world politics still reverberate today.
Discussion in English with simultaneous interpretation in French.


Sunday 8 March


Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

Co-presented with


Taghi Amirani Filmmaker & co-writer

Walter Murch Film editor & co-writer

Moderated by

Serge Michel Editorial Director of

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Competition - Grand reportage

Coup 53

By Taghi Amirani

Edited by the legendary Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) and featuring Ralph Fiennes, Coup 53 weaves a thrilling investigation into the heart of a watershed event in contemporary geopolitics: the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953 by MI6 and CIA, codenamed Operation Ajax. Who carried out the operation? To what end? Delve into an historical exploration of the highest calibre, shot in 7 countries. The consequences of this pivotal event are still clearly visible today, as President Trump’s recent intervention in the fractured country proves.

  • Section Competition - Grand reportage


Taghi Amirani


  • Taghi Amirani
  • Paul Zaentz


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Rights holder

  • Amirani Media