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By: Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad
Project type: docu-game

The Cat and the Coup is a documentary videogame in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

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This entry was posted on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

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  1. On February 21st, 2012 at 17:49 Helen Shariatmadari wrote:

    Thanks so much for posting the Cat and the Coup, I am now following your blog. I love Mossadegh, Persian miniatures and this is just such an innovative way to tell history. Thanks. I look forward to digging through your archive

  2. On March 9th, 2012 at 06:56 Hima B. wrote:

    Thanks for cataloging these transmedia websites! They’re great resource to filmmakers like me who are thinking of ways to engage audiences beyond the film screenings.

  3. On March 31st, 2013 at 22:23 nadia wrote:

    Thank you for the post. I would not have known this existed. The Cat and the Coup was is an interesting way of retelling history.

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