Ellen Laipson to Moderate Panel at Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival


DateJune 22, 2011
Time5:30 pm
LocationAFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD

Ellen Laipson will moderate a 30 minute panel discussion after the screening of The Green Wave, a documentary by filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi that explores the Iranian election protests of 2009. The film, which will be shown at the Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival this Wednesday, June 22, at 5:30 PM, is part of USIP and AFI's "Peacebuilding on Screen" initiative, which is committed to using documentary as a catalyst for public discourse and social change.

The synopsis of The Green Wave is as follows:

In early 2009, a new generation of Iranians hoped for change through the upcoming presidential elections. Fueled by youthful exuberance and media technology, a groundswell-the so-called Green Wave-emerged to challenge the status quo, and caused a seismic shift in the political climate. A new brand of revolution seemed to be at hand. All polls predicted challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi would be the country's next president; however, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the victor, prompting a backlash of unparalleled violence and oppression and a massive surge of human-rights violations that continues today.

In this powerful and urgent documentary, filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi integrates animation with live-action footage, testimonials, and posts from courageous Iranian bloggers, who dared to tell the world about the anatomy of the movement and its devastating consequences. The Green Wave is a remarkable portrait of modern political rebellion, an exposé of government-sanctioned violence, and a vision of peace and hope that continued resistance may galvanize a new Iran.

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