23 min - Short | Drama | History - August 2012 (USA)
After screening in many festivals and winning several awards, Roozbeh Dadvand's short film about the most popular Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh (1882-1967) is now available for general viewing. Mosaddeq is widely regarded as the leading champion of secular democracy and resistance to foreign domination in Iran's modern history. Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup on 19 August 1953, organised and carried out by the CIA at the request of MI6, which chose Iranian General Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Mosaddegh.
Synopsis: Iran. 1959. It is six years after the CIA orchestrated coup d'etat that overthrew democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. Now living under house arrest and suffering from a severe illness, Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust an American physician that is sent to treat him.
Roozbeh Dadvand / Director/Writer
Born in Philadelphia, Roozbeh Dadvand is of Persian descent and has visited Iran several times, where his experiences there inspired interest in gender and cultural issues. In 2003, he earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature with minors in Film and Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. An aspiring filmmaker, Roozbeh recently completed the MFA Film Production program at the University of Southern California. “Mossadegh” represents Roozbeh’s graduate thesis.
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