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The Green Wave

By providing an animated backdrop for the urgent blog posts and tweets that became a lifeline to Iranian pro-democracy activists, The Green Wave recounts the dramatic events of the most severe domestic crisis in the history of Iran. From the widespread hope of political change in Iran through the 2009 elections to the violent suppression of the mass protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi brings us into the world of Iranian citizens who risked their lives in the hopes of a better future. Interweaving online posts, video footage caught by those present, and extensive interviews, The Green Wave is an artistic portrait of modern political rebellion, an exposé of government-sanctioned violence, and a vision of hope that continued resistance may galvanize a new future not just for Iran but for the region as a whole. (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2011)

Following the disputed 12 June, 2009 presidential election, the Iranian government unleashed a violent and systematic campaign to consolidate power and silence any form of dissent inside the country. Human Rights Watch has documented numerous cases of arbitrary arrest and detention, ill-treatment, torture and rape of detainees, and serious violations of due process leading to unfair convictions and harsh prison sentences, including death. Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called on Iran to launch comprehensive and transparent investigations into these killings and violations. To date, no high-level government official has been brought to justice.