RIFF Movies Archive

AMERICAN COUP



United States, 2010, HD - Color - 98

DIRECTED BY:
Joe Ayella

CAST:
Notable Middle East experts, authors, historians

SCREENPLAY:
Narration written by Joe Ayella

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Susana Travieso/Juan Carlos Borrero/Brandon Hahn

EDITING:
Dave Manzo

MUSIC:
David Bergeaud

SOUND:
Susana Travieso/Juan Carlos Borrero/Brandon Hahn

PRODUCER:
Joe Ayella

PRODUCTION:
TBD

WORLD SALES:
TBD

STORY DESCRIPTION:

AMERICAN COUP tells the story of the first coup ever carried out by the CIA - Iran, 1953. The film recounts the motivations that led to the coup, and recreates how the coup was actually conducted. Iran had a democratic form of government in 1953 and the popular Mohammad Mossadegh was its prime minister. But the spy agency overthrew him and replaced him with the Shah of Iran, who became increasingly repressive until he was toppled in the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The film offers various views of the coup from the perspective of time and history, and explores the consequences that have flowed from the coup. The coup and subsequent events have tainted the US-Iran relation ever since 1953. The film wraps up with the current state of affairs between the two nations, and discusses how the 2009 election in Iran - apparently stolen - hearkens back to the theft of Iran's nascent democracy in 1953.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

This is my first feature film. A recovering lawyer, I studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy where I made several shorts. Currently I have several other projects in development.

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