Thursday, June 16, 2011

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011: The Green Wave

Ali Samadi Ahadi's “The Green Wave” was one of the more buzzed-about films I regretted not having seen at last year's International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, so I made sure to catch it at this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Now I'm just wondering what all the fuss was about. Partially similar in style to Ari Folman's “Waltz with Bashir,” the doc combines animation based on blog posts, video footage of street protests and rallies in Tehran, and talking-head interviews with the usual suspects (Iranian journalists, lawyers, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a former UN prosecutor, a cleric, and so on) to create a less than satisfying picture of the recent pro-democracy uprising in Iran.

To read the rest of my review visit The House Next Door at Slant Magazine.

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