The Green Wave

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  • Summary: A documentary-collage illustrating the dramatic events during last year's Green Revolution in Iran. Facebook reports, Twitter messages, videos posted on the internet and hundreds of real blog entries served as reference for the fictional 'storylines' of the film. (Red Flag Releasing)


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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 9, 2012
    The most compelling aspect of The Green Wave, however, is the extensive footage shot clandestinely by amateurs using cellphones. What they recorded shows us the reality of what went down in a way nothing else can match.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Aug 6, 2012
    Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Aug 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Aug 6, 2012
    A worthy topic that deserves a slightly better documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    Aug 14, 2012
    Only the animation seems forced, with its comic-book style and melodramatic tone registering as manipulative next to the brute reality of the documentary images.
  6. Reviewed by: Lauren Wissot
    Aug 6, 2012
    Unlike Waltz with Bashir, it only seems to be using animation in an effort to make blog diaries by twentysomethings appear cinematic.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Aug 6, 2012
    Mixed-media approach is eye-catching, and the subject is unquestionably powerful, but the sentimental score and stridently drawn imagery detract from picture's impact.

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