Green Wave, The

2010 – 80 minutes.

Animated blogs and tweets from Iran form the basis for this enlightening and sometimes shocking reconstruction of the Green Revolution in 2009. In May, the population is still convinced that change will come about, but when Ahmadinejad ‘wins’ the elections, oppression returns.

The Iranian election day in June 2009 was to become one big deception: ballot papers went missing and polling stations were closed for unobvious reasons. It signals the beginning of a dark episode, in which presidential candidate Mousavi is placed under house arrest, Ahmadinejad seizes power and demonstrators are shot at. The large-scale protests, symbolized by the slogan "Where is my vote?"  and the assassination of Neda, meet with brutal oppression, as can be seen on local footage made using mobile phones and digital cameras. The blogs and tweets visualized in animation films show the true scope of the crackdown. One student is thrown in a dark cell where he is molested together with fellow inmates, some of which do not survive. Another female student recalls the day she was released: "I got out of a small prison to go into a much bigger one: Iran."

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Themes
Culture and religion, Democracy and justice, Media en digital culture
Content rating
16
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
mbo - niveau 1 & 2
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
Director
Ali Samadi Ahadi
Country
Germany, Iran
Type
Animation, Documentary
Duration
80 minutes
Year
2010