Documentary UK/IR 2019 118`
R: Taghi Amirani
D: Ralph Fiennes
Editing: Walter Murch
Mohammad Mossadegh was Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister. A coup against him brought the Shah back to power and had a far-reaching impact on the political and social development of Iran, and indeed the entire region. The British-Iranian Amirani rummages through archives, meets experts, secret service employees and contemporary witnesses and penetrates ever deeper into the historical context: The CIA’s involvement is only the first layer. Using the tools of investigative reportage, the film uncovers why Iran – and many other countries of the global South – have such a tense relationship with the West.
Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch (“Apocalypse now”, “The Godfather”, “The English Patient”) and star actor Ralph Fiennes help bring long-lost footage back to life.