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PICKED FOR THE 5 BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2020 BY THE WASHINGTON POST


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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 begins as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turns 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.



  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    120 minutes
  • Language
    English, French, Persian
  • Country
    United States, Iran, United Kingdom
  • Premiere
    2019 Telluride Film Festival
  • Rating
    15
  • 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