Iran and the Green Revolution

Film und Diskussion mit Katajun Amirpur (Universität Hamburg) und Ali Samadi Ahadi (Filmemacher)

Filmvorführung, 24. Oktober 2013, 19:00–21:30

Organisation

UFSP Asien und Europa

Ort

Raum KO2 F-152, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich

Beschreibung

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. The presidential elections on June 12, 2009 were supposed to bring about a change, but contrary to all expectations the conservative populist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was confirmed in office. As clear as the result was, there were loud accusations of vote-rigging.

The subsequent „Where is my vote?“ protest demonstrations were worn down and broken up with 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, and others vanished without trace.

Ali Samadi Ahadi’s documentary-collage „The Green Wave“ (2010) illustrates the dramatic events and tells about the feelings of the people behind this revolution. Facebook reports, Twitter messages and videos posted on the Internet were included in the film composition. Two fictional stories about two young students – animated as a motion comic – run through the film, framing the pictures of the revolution and the interviews with human rights campaigners and exiled Iranians.