DGC@Home: Coup 53 (Available Virtually Aug. 28)

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DGC@Home: Coup 53 (Available Virtually Aug. 28)

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The Digital Gym Cinema may be closed for the time being due to COVID-19 concerns, but we are working with key distributors and studios to bring you DGC @ HOME, a “virtual theater” experience  featuring films we would normally program at our venue under normal circumstances. All you have to do is click on the purchase links below to have temporary access to our film programming. You can enjoy films from the comfort of your own home using your browser or the distributor’s app. This temporary solution ensures the sustainability of our beloved micro-cinema as a significant percentage of each purchase is passed on to us. Enjoy these amazing independent films and we hope to see you at the movies very soon!


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 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 Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) discover extraordinary 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 also lead to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. What begins as a history documentary about 4 days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters.

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Virtual Ticket Price: $12.00

Platform Available on: Eventive

Instructions: FAQ

Critic Quotes:

“What a riveting story: a grim curtain-raiser to today’s tragedies.” – Guardian

“Ten years in the making, Coup 53 is a personal essay, an extraordinarily researched historical document, and a film about the process of its own making.” – Artforum

“As history lessons go, this is a powerful one in which a wealth of interviews and stunning graphics have been pulled together, with extraordinary attention to detail, into an intricate but lucid whole.” – Wall Street Journal

“Watching this thrilling, energetic doc feels like taking a swim in John le Carré’s brain.” – Time Out

Runtime:  119 min

Year: 2019

Rating: UR

Director: Taghi Amirani

Country: UK / Iran / USA

Languages: Persian, Italian, French w/ English subtitles; English

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