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The Green Wave (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,016

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Movie Info

The Green Wave is a powerful film documenting the populist protests in Iran following the suspicious victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over progressive candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the Iranian presidential elections on June 12, 2009. Cell phone videos posted on the internet, Twitter messages, as well as animated blog posts and interviews with prominent human rights advocates and exiled Iranians bear witness to the brutal attacks by government militia in their efforts to squelch the protests … More

Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Documentary , Art House & International , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Green Wave

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (2)

It offers a rare glimpse into the insurgents' long-held hopes for reform. This green wave, as a blogger remarks, is a tidal wave.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

A wrenching but illuminating look at what actually happened during Iran's Green Revolution in 2009-10.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

For all its omissions and problems, "The Green Wave" communicates certain basic truths effectively: Many Iranians want their voices to be heard and their votes to count.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

By airing an impassioned chorus of voices ranging from lawyers to religious clerics, the film argues that the 2009 protests were simply preparing the way for a larger populist movement that has yet to crest.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Time Out New York
Top Critic

[Shows] us a moment in history that reveals more about itself each time it is examined.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie shows what happened, but it also conveys what it felt like to travel from euphoria to despair in the space of a few weeks.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
NPR
Top Critic

A reminder that the first instance of the "Arab Spring" might have occurred in Iran. A reminder that the thirst for human rights and political freedom is universal.

Full Review… | October 26, 2013
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Striking and powerful, The Green Wave serves as an inventive registering of the turmoil, upheaval and governmental crackdown of the Arab Spring.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
Shared Darkness

Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Slant Magazine

A forceful reminder that the present regime beat, tortured, murdered and imprisoned its own subjects.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
This is London

Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Guardian

There are harrowing moments and a pulse, throughout, of passionate indignation. But more precision in the chronicling of events would have generated more power.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Financial Times

It's an exciting time for Islamic cinema and this doc is an extraordinary intro into Iranian politics.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Little White Lies

Offsetting any gaps in its historical record is the breadth of testimony.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
The Skinny

A worthy topic that deserves a slightly better documentary.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Empire Magazine

Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Total Film

What happened in Iran in 2009 led the way for the Arab democracy revolt

Full Review… | April 24, 2011
Movie Habit

Ali Samadi Ahadi paints a poetic and heartfelt portrait of a nation oppressed.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Green Wave

As an examination into the events leading up to and following the 2009 Iranian national elections, "The Green Wave" takes a more emtional route than an informational one. Overall, it is not as insightful as it could have been, although it does a good job of bringing up some of the political shenanigans of the ruling party. Along these same lines, more could have been done here to probe the country's arcane political structure of a usually passively repressive regime that holds elections as a form of show for critics, both internally and internationally.(All of which makes the political organizing that much more brave.) Some of that probably has to do with relying so much on anonymous blog posts and twitter feeds and I am not sure we are at a point where we can rely on them as a source material for a documentary. What speaks to me more than anything else here is the invaluable cell phone footage, capturing everything from the rallies to post election brutality. Of the animated footage, it is mostly neither here nor there, but there are some images of torture that I will be unable to shake off for a long while that just as much reminds me of the work of Frank Miller.

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