Ali Samadi Ahadi's documentary blends phone footage, animation and to-camera interviews to follow the course of the Iranian green movement during the disputed re-election of Mahmud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. It's a film powered by the internet, in which the voices ofIran's reformists are relayed via blogpost readings and on-screen tweets to create a day-by-day account of events. Animator Ali Reza Darvish's drawings offer a flashcard guide to the protestors' emotional state; they're played skillfully across interviews with some of the thousands of imprisoned activists, as Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate. A blogger's quote lingers longest: "Endurance is the only option Iranians have." It's an immensely courageous, terribly sad statement.
Iran/Germany — 2010 — 1hr 20min