American Coup
The inside and untold story of the 1953 CIA-backed coup in Iran that toppled the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Known as 'Operation Ajax', this covert operation would be the first overthrow of a foreign government by the agency, and serve as a template for all future CIA coups - including the following year in Guatemala. Combining newsreel footage, historians, Middle East experts and former US intelligence officers, American Coup explores the repercussions from this seminal event and the lingering effects on today's US-Iranian relationship.
Starring Maz Jobrani, Stephen Kinzer, Ron Paul
Director Joe Ayella