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Sedona Film Festival, Mary D. Fisher Theatre present virtual screening of ‘Coup 53’


‘Coup 53’

‘Coup 53’


Originally Published: August 18, 2020 10:49 a.m.

With the Mary D. Fisher Theatre temporarily closed, the Sedona International Film Festival this week presents “Coup 53” through its “MDF@Home” program.

MDF@Home features several new indie films still in their theatrical release window and now available for you to stream at home from the best seat in your house. For each title, a portion of all sales will benefit the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and Sedona International Film Festival.

“Coup 53” is the story of the 1953 Anglo-American coup in Iran that overthrew the democratically elected Prime Minister Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah — featuring never-seen-before archive material which had been hidden for decades.

While making a documentary about the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor — and past Sedona Film Festival speaker and honoree — Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) discover the extraordinary archive material.

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 also lead to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. What begins as a history 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 Britain and America has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.

The virtual film screening of “Coup 53” will include an Exclusive Q&A with Ralph Fiennes, editor Walter Murch and director Taghi Amirani.

To view this film and other titles, log on to SedonaFilmFestival.org and click on the MDF@Home link under the Events tab on the home page (or directly visit SedonaFilmFestival.com/mdfhome/) for links to order virtual screenings of any of the available films.

For each title, a portion of all sales will benefit the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and Sedona International Film Festival.