The film the Iranian government has banned and doesn't want you to see...
From first-time Director Nicole Kian Sadighi who has written and produced, the bold, powerful, ripped from the headlines politically-explosive award-winning movie I AM NEDA, the true story of Neda Agha-Soltan who fearlessly pursued the cause for freedom in defiance of tyranny and oppression.
June 2009 marked another turning point for Iranians, when mass anti-government protests erupted across major cities in Iran, following the June 12 rigged Iranian presidential election against the disputed victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which came to be known as the Green Movement. These events provoked the government to declare war on its own people and the world became a witness to some of the most horrific acts that were shown daily through major news outlets, blogosphere an social media. Many innocent Iranians were imprisoned, tortured, raped and killed for standing up for their basic human rights in nonviolent civil disobedience.
This film is centered on one ordinary, yet courageous young woman on the backdrop of extraordinary circumstances, who has since become the symbol and face of this movement that would soon inspire other countries in the region such as Egypt to follow suite.
News reports regarding Neda soon went viral across the globe through leading news outlets and online social media. Everyone from CNN, Fox, BBC, Reuters, AP, AFP, WSJ, London Times, NY Times, India Times, WSJ, The Guardian, Life Magazinemusicians like U2, The Airborne Toxic and President Obama and other politicians across the world commented and paid homage to Neda's story - the girl whose face will always be remembered from YouTube.
She was nomiated one of 2009 Time Magazines Person of the Year, 2010 London Times Person of the Year. Additionally The Neda Agha Soltan Graduate Scholarship is a scholarship for post-graduate philosophy students at Queen's College, Oxford, with preference given to students of Iranian citizenship or heritage. Even the anonymous video of Nedas death won the the George Polke Award, one of the most important journalism prizes to be honored with. Neda's impact on the Green Movement in Iran which launched the Arab Spring in the Middle East, has made her the face and symbol of Iran's freedom movement and with it a historical legacy that must never be forgotten. She soon became an icon of humanity.