For Neda: The New HBO Documentary Now Online

Almost a year ago, the Green Rev­o­lu­tion was ignit­ed in Iran when Ahmadine­jad and the rul­ing cler­ics stole an elec­tion from Mir-Hos­sein Mousavi and his mil­lions of sup­port­ers. A young gen­er­a­tion, intent upon putting Mousavi in office, took to the streets en masse. Protests broke out across the nation … until the holy men decid­ed they had had enough. Ulti­mate­ly, bul­lets put an end to the nascent demo­c­ra­t­ic move­ment (at least for now), and the bru­tal­i­ty of the regime was cap­tured in mov­ing images watched world­wide: they showed us a young woman, Neda, get­ting indis­crim­i­nate­ly gunned down by a sniper, her eyes star­ing at us as she lay dying in the streets. Above, we’re fea­tur­ing a new­ly released HBO doc­u­men­tary that intro­duces you to Neda Agha-Soltan and her life sto­ry. Writ­ten and direct­ed by the award win­ning film­mak­er Antony Thomas, the 70 minute film was cre­at­ed with a fair amount of risk, and it includes inter­views with Neda’s fam­i­ly in Iran. The Iran­ian regime, nat­u­ral­ly doing its best to stop cit­i­zens from see­ing the film, plans to release its own doc­u­men­tary, putting the offi­cial spin on the mur­der.

For Neda has been added to our grow­ing col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online. You can learn more about the film on the HBO web­site.

via 3quarksdaily. H/T to Mike.

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  • “And I know the dan­ger of beau­ty to these men.”

    A deeply par­ti­san, deeply sober­ing look at the state of Iran today as exem­pli­fied by the shoot­ing of a beau­ti­ful young woman, Neda, who par­tic­i­pat­ed in mass protests fol­low­ing a nation­al elec­tion wide­ly viewed in coun­try and out as fixed by the con­ser­v­a­tive Islamists in pow­er.

    Despite its occa­sion­al sen­ti­men­tal­i­ty it’s shock­ing to watch. In the west we dis­miss Iran as an intol­er­ant theoc­ra­cy, and it is that. But this movie fills in the bru­tal details — illus­trat­ing just how intol­er­ant and just how theo­crat­ic (and how bla­tant­ly prej­u­diced again women). A chill­ing doc­u­men­tary every­one should see at least once.

  • omar says:

    We can do with­out the hand-of-ex-Queen-Farah (read ass) kiss­ing Rudi Bakhtiar

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