ONE WORLD 2011: The Green Wave
Date: 23 May 2011 20:00 - 21:30
Venue: BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts, 23 Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Bruxelles
Film by Ali Samadi Ahadi, Germany/Iran, 2010, 80 min. (competition)
Last year's presidential elections in Iran aroused the nation from its lethargy. For the first time in years, the younger generation felt that there was a chance of change. Hundreds of thousands of them took to the streets in support of the reform candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Electrifying hope gives way to disappointment and general disillusionment at clear electoral irregularities, which helped re-elect the conservative incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The massive wave of protests that followed was viciously suppressed by the regime, which did not hesitate to use the most brutal means of intimidation possible. All of these events are analysed by the film through the detailed perspective of exiled journalists and human rights activists, including the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Shirin Ebadi. The personal aspect of the Iranian tragedy is captured by the fictional stories of two young Iranians - a young man called Kaveha and a young woman named Azandeh. Their stories, which are told using impressive animation that contrasts sharply with mobile-phone footage of street demonstrations, are compiled from thousands of posts that appeared during the elections on Twitter and Facebook as well as on internet blogs. These messages from courageous Iranians contain shocking information about the unjust torture of detainees. With bleak persuasiveness, they also illustrate the feelings Iran's younger generation, who feel like prisoners in their own country.
This screening is part of the One World in Brussels 2011 film festival.