The Green Wave

"Excellent"

The Green Wave Review


This film documents dissident activity in 2009 Iran through the use of gorgeous animation, telling a series of chilling stories about government oppression.

Not only does it look amazing, but the events are astonishingly moving.

Before elections in May 2009, students took to the streets wearing green in support of opposition candidate Mousavi, who promised to turn around years of President Ahmadinejad's economic corruption and brutal social oppression. But on election day, the newspapers, internet and SMS systems mysteriously shut down amid general chaos at polling stations. And with Mousavi so far ahead in popularity, everyone was stunned when he lost in a clear case of government fraud. So hundreds of thousands peacefully protested the loss of their democratic rights. And the miliary opened fire.

The story is exquisitely knitted together with a variety of beautiful animation clips that recreate scenes we could never otherwise see. There is also a lot of cleverly adapted underground mobile phones footage. Over this we get authentic ambient sound and the intimate, observant, moving narration of the people involved, many of whom bravely appear in to-camera interviews to express their passion for free democracy. All of this is material the Iranian government clearly never wanted to get out, and much of it is deeply chilling to watch.

This is a movement that turns its back on violence, so the violent suppression is truly horrific. Continual revelations of grotesque injustice have shaken the people, as they worry about the future of their nation. Even the nation's spiritual leader took sides with the arch-conservative government. And seeing first-hand accounts of the protests, murder and torture simply boggle the mind.

As one scholar observes, this clearly means that Iran has abandoned Islam and turned to militia-based thuggery instead.

Watching this is deeply disturbing. It's unthinkably horrifying to see people running for their lives from marauding armed soldiers on motorbikes, while people are being shot in the streets around them. And hearing one soldier's story is equally haunting. But most importantly, through watching these accounts from this intimate, first-hand perspective, we begin to imagine the nightmare of seeing this happen on our own streets. And the fact that the streets of Tehran look like any city in Europe or America makes it even more urgent.



The Green Wave

Facts and Figures

Genre: Documentaries

Run time: 80 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 24th February 2011

Distributed by: Red Flag Releasing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi

Producer: Jan Krueger, Oliver Stoltz

Starring: Mohsen Kadivar as Himself, Mitra Khalatbari as Herself, Shadi Sadr as Herself, Mehdi Mohseni as Himself, Payam Akhavan as Himself, Babak as Himself, Zahra Renaward as Herself, Emir Farshad Pebrahimi as Himself, Shirin Ebadi as Herself, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Himself, Mohammad Khatami as Himself

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