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Rated NR · 80 minutes · 2011

Documentary
This 2010 documentary about the protests that followed Iran's 2009 presidential election is a good primer on the country's current political climate; too bad its extensive use of animation amounts to little more than topical kitsch. Director Ali Samadi Ahadi uses a variety of talking heads, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, to explain why people became disillusioned with the Ahmadinejad government and how their rallies and demonstrations came together through social media. Interspersed are actor voice-overs of first-person accounts that were culled from blogs and Twitter, but unfortunately Ahadi chooses to illustrate these with animated drawings that rely too heavily on ham-fisted melodrama and confusing visual metaphors. This could have been striking; instead, it's merely informative. In English and subtitled Farsi.
Director: Ali Ahadi

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