The Green Wave
The Green Wave (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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

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R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out New York

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.

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Louis Proyect
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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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

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.

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Ella Taylor
NPR

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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Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine

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

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Walter M.
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… More