The Green Wave
The Green Wave
The Green Wave

The Green Wave

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THE GREEN WAVE paints a compelling portrait of a nation on the brink of revolution.

Green is the color of hope. Green is the color of Islam. And Green was the symbol of recognition  among the supporters  of  presidential  candidate  Mir-Hossein  Mousavi who  became  the  symbolic  figure  of  the  Green  Revolution  in  Iran  last  year.  The presidential elections on  June 12th,  2009 were supposed  to  bring about  a  change but contrary  to  all  expectations   the  ultra-conservative  populist  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was confirmed in office. As clear as  was the result, as loud and justified were  the  accusations  of  vote-rigging.  The on-going “Where  is  my  vote?”  protest demonstrations were again  and again worn down and broken up with brutal attacks by  government  militia.  Images taken from private persons with their  cell phones  or cameras bear witness to this  excessive violence:  people were beaten,  stabbed,  shot dead, arrested,  kidnapped,  some of them disappearing without  trace.  What remains is  the countless number of dead or injured people and victims  of torture, and another deep wound in the hearts of the Iranians.

 

THE  GREEN  WAVE  is  a  touching  documentary-collage  illustrating  the dramatic  events and telling about the  feelings  of  the people behind this revolution.  Facebook  reports, Twitter messages and videos posted in the internet were included in the film composition, and hundreds  of  real  blog entries  served  as  reference  for  the  experiences  and thoughts of two young students, whose story is running through the  film  as  the  main  thread.  The film  describes  their  initial  hope  and  curiosity,  their  desperate fear,  and  the courage  to  yet  continue to  fight.  These fictional  'storylines' have been animated  as  a  motion  comic  –  sort  of  a  moving  comic  –  framing  the  deeply  affecting  pictures  of  the revolution and the  interviews with  prominent  human  rights campaigners  and  exiled  Iranians.  Ali Samadi Ahadi's documentary is a highly contemporary chronicle of the Green Revolution and a memorial for all of those who believed in more freedom and lost their lives for it.

—Sundance Film Festival 2011

Cultural Significance

Ali Samadi Ahadi’s timely documentary reveals how Iranian civilians reacted to the 2009 Iranian Presidential elections. In a time when filmmakers are imprisoned for their work, this film is painting out of the exile the compelling portrait of a nation on the brink of revolution by using animation and live action footage of the protests as well as interviews with Iranian bloggers and political leaders. —Ali Samadi Ahadi

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