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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 began as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turned into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran's volatile relationship with America and Britain has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.

“This is big. This is going to be big!”

Werner Herzog



"passionate and fearless"

"will enthrall documentary and history geeks"

"jaw dropping revelations"

“has the air of something that grew from an impudent home movie into a magnum opus"

Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter



“as compelling as a John Le Carre novel or a Costa-Gavras classic”

Allen Hunter - Screen Daily




"a superb work of journalism and research"

Vancouver Observer



 “Amazing. Beautifully done. Clever use of archive. Unique.”

Oliver Stone



"an astonishing feat of film-making"

London Metro



"a work of art and a masterpiece of political intervention"

“a thriller that had me on the edge of my seat”

"beyond extraordinary"

Ariel Dorfman



“Nail-bitingly suspenseful”

“Plays like a thriller on the big screen”

Carol Nahra- International Documentary Association


"masterful storytelling makes this a taut and thrilling watch"

“captivating tour-de-force”

Elhum Shakerifar - BFI London Film Festival


  • Year
  • Runtime
    119 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Director
    Taghi Amirani
  • Screenwriter
    Walter Murch Taghi Amirani
  • Producer
    Paul Zaentz Taghi Amirani
  • Executive Producer
    Gerry Ohrstrom Neda Nobari Jon Wilcox
  • Co-Producer
    Amir Amirani Ahmad Kiarostami
  • Cast
    Ralph Fiennes
  • Cinematographer
    Chris Morphet Taghi Amirani Claudia Raschke
  • Editor
    Walter Murch
  • Animator
    Martyn Pick
  • Music
    Robert Miller