The Green Wave (2012)
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The Green Wave is a powerful film documenting the populist protests in Iran following the suspicious victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over progressive candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the Iranian presidential elections on June 12, 2009. Cell phone videos posted on the internet, Twitter messages, as well as animated blog posts and interviews with prominent human rights advocates and exiled Iranians bear witness to the brutal attacks by government militia in their efforts to squelch the protests
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It offers a rare glimpse into the insurgents' long-held hopes for reform. This green wave, as a blogger remarks, is a tidal wave.
A wrenching but illuminating look at what actually happened during Iran's Green Revolution in 2009-10.
For all its omissions and problems, "The Green Wave" communicates certain basic truths effectively: Many Iranians want their voices to be heard and their votes to count.
By airing an impassioned chorus of voices ranging from lawyers to religious clerics, the film argues that the 2009 protests were simply preparing the way for a larger populist movement that has yet to crest.
[Shows] us a moment in history that reveals more about itself each time it is examined.
The movie shows what happened, but it also conveys what it felt like to travel from euphoria to despair in the space of a few weeks.
A reminder that the first instance of the "Arab Spring" might have occurred in Iran. A reminder that the thirst for human rights and political freedom is universal.
Striking and powerful, The Green Wave serves as an inventive registering of the turmoil, upheaval and governmental crackdown of the Arab Spring.
Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic.
A forceful reminder that the present regime beat, tortured, murdered and imprisoned its own subjects.
Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate.
There are harrowing moments and a pulse, throughout, of passionate indignation. But more precision in the chronicling of events would have generated more power.
It's an exciting time for Islamic cinema and this doc is an extraordinary intro into Iranian politics.
Offsetting any gaps in its historical record is the breadth of testimony.
Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.
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