Sunday, November 03, 2013

"The Green Wave" documents how Iran treats its own people

The Green Wave”, by Ali Samadi Ahadi, documents the oppression of protestors in Iran in 2009, during and after the time that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated Mir-Hossein Mousavi.  The film comprises many interviews of activists like Mehdu Mohseni, many on-location stills of the city and of “green wave” protests (where people painted themselves green or wore or carried green flags and garments), and rotoscopic animation of the brutal treatment of people.
The film presents the view that the West cares about Iran’s oil resources and about keeping nuclear weapons away from the country, but not much about its treatment of its own people.  Of course, we’re seeing this play out much more dramatically with Syria.
One man depicts his being thrown into prison, crowded with people, and his forearm shaved and then cut and scarred with markings (more disfiguring than in the Holocaust), and then his being driven out and dumped in the desert.

The religious leadership justifies any violence against "unbelievers" in order to make its world pure enough. 
I reviewed the film from a Vimeo private screener provided by Strand Releasing. The DVD is available Nov. 5.
The official site is here.
The film is narrated in English but has many interviews in Farsi with subtitles. 

Wikipedia attribution link for distant picture of Tehraun. 

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