Dispatch number 1 from 2019 Doc NYC: Barbara Kopple’s Desert One

Dispatch number 1 from 2019 Doc NYC: Barbara Kopple’s Desert One

This is actually the very very first in a few reviews by our nyc correspondent Claire Baiz of entries in this year’s Doc NYC, the Big Apple’s – and another of this world’s – premier documentary festivals, operating November 6-15.

Desert One starts on a united states Navy supercarrier, fifty kilometers south of Iran when you look at the Gulf of Oman, hours before a key army procedure that’s doomed to fail.

Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County United States Of America, American Dream) whisks the audience out of the nuclear-powered USS Nimitz to provide context when it comes to drama in the future.

Kopple takes us back once again to the Iranian coup of 1953, whenever Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, aided covertly by the CIA and oil interests, thought leadership of Iran. The shah’s pro-Western, oil-friendly policies angered Iranians, whom finally forced him away, in July 1979.

Pahlavi escaped to Egypt, and ended up being changed with a hard-line muslim cleric, Ayatollah Khomeini. Mehr lesen