CIA: Operation Ajax
Location: Amsterdam, Stadschouwburg
The multiple award-winning app CIA: Operation Ajax is equal parts animated documentary, a spectacularly designed interactive graphic novel, and a profound work of investigative journalism. Based on Stephen Kinzer's book ‘All the Shah's Men’, Operation Ajax reveals how the battle for black gold in the Arab world broke out long before WWII, culminating in 1953 in the incredible but true history of the CIA plot to stage a coup of Iran’s government. With the help of Kinzer, Cognito Comics adapted these historical events into a cinematic reading experience in ten chapters. Supported by a full film score, the user swipes his way through subtly and functionally animated cartoons. Cognito Comics' founder Daniel Burwen joins us in Amsterdam to present his cool iPad app and to talk about his vision.