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The Green Wave Reviews

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Louis Proyect
October 26, 2013
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.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 14, 2012
Striking and powerful, The Green Wave serves as an inventive registering of the turmoil, upheaval and governmental crackdown of the Arab Spring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 23, 2012
A wrenching but illuminating look at what actually happened during Iran's Green Revolution in 2009-10.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
August 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out
August 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2012
[Shows] us a moment in history that reveals more about itself each time it is examined.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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August 9, 2012
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.
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
That Ahadi and his team were able to safely compile, let alone edit together, this much ground-level footage is a feat in and of itself; that it comes together in such a compelling manner makes it almost vital.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 30, 2011
A forceful reminder that the present regime beat, tortured, murdered and imprisoned its own subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Barnes
September 29, 2011
Ahadu pulls the curtain back on a government that was willing to imprison and torture its electorate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Shelley Jones
Little White Lies
September 29, 2011
It's an exciting time for Islamic cinema and this doc is an extraordinary intro into Iranian politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
September 28, 2011
Offsetting any gaps in its historical record is the breadth of testimony.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 27, 2011
Manages to offer an informative chronicle of events as well as an emotional outpouring of regret and anger from those who saw their hopes dashed on the streets of Tehran.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
September 26, 2011
A worthy topic that deserves a slightly better documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 23, 2011
Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 24, 2011
What happened in Iran in 2009 led the way for the Arab democracy revolt
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 1, 2011
Ali Samadi Ahadi paints a poetic and heartfelt portrait of a nation oppressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Screen International
February 10, 2011
Director Ali Samadi Ahadi intelligently weaves texts and blogs set against footage from a variety of sources.
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