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For Neda

An HBO documentary which tells the personal story of Neda Agha-Soltan

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The Voice

  • Jun 13, 2010
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Be it accident or be it the critical mass consciousness, I came across this video yesterday. It is said to be officially released tomorrow but it is now distributed through Youtube in English, Farsi and Arabic so as to avoid censorship by the Iranian government.

The true story of Neda, a young Iranian woman shot about a year ago during a protest on the street. It reveals the political situation in Iran but it more accurately shed light on a woman's quest for freedom. Freedom of expression and freedom from the some of the horrifying practices of the Sharia law. I don't profess to know much about Sharia law even though I've lived in a Muslim country for an extended period of time. There are different aspects of Sharia law in each different country and to what extent it is practised. 

I must say that it is a highly unsettling video to watch. It is one that you must watch though. Unsettling in that in this age and world, there is still a part of world that feels unreal; where dictatorship rules. I can grasp the concept intellectually but my reality is so different from that of what I see on the video! For most people, Iran is an evil country. That is to put it simply. Because the media has portrayed it to have nuclear power and to be under the dictatorship. This video takes you beyond that of a name though. It is not Iran that it is showcasing. It is the real people of Iran. People who are like you and me. The only difference is we take for granted our freedom and our resources. Iranians fight for their freedom and are just about the same as anyone of us. Put them in a democratic country, they will appear no different.

It is easy for the western media and people at large to associate Muslim with terror but that should not be the case. That's just ignorant and pure generalization. From this video, you see for yourself what life is like in Iran. The family, the people, the government. To affect changes, we must be more conscious of what's happening around the world. Iran may not be a country I've ever visited nor do I personally know anyone who lives there, however, it is one that I might visit one day. Not now, not when the government is a maniac. But then again, to call names is not going to change the better for the Iranians. They have a war to fight for themselves. Neda has become the powerful symbol and an icon for many Iranians. An icon for their quests for freedom. She has certainly not died in vain.  As for how much change her death can affect, it is really up to the society at large.

The scenes from this film not only shown Iran, but it could be any country in South East Asia. Not long ago, Thailand was in a state of emergency. The scenes look similar. And despite the fact that we live in peaceful countries, there are still a lot of uncertainties and instabilities out there. It is thus a film which brings one's consciousness to a different and higher level. Especially for those of you who tend to travel, be aware of the environment you'd be operating in, especially political environment. I had thought of going to Kyrgyzstan this summer but after seeing the unrest that's prevailing in the country, it makes me think twice!!! 

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October 24, 2011
This sounds like an excellent multi-cultural documentary.
June 21, 2010
Thanks for this review, Sharrie and your comment on my Neda review. I'm definitely going to watch this video soon.
June 22, 2010
I hope you do. Iran is definitely on the radar for any instability in the world.
June 21, 2010
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Neda's death.  Hard to believe that that was a year ago.  Thanks so much for sharing this review and the video.  I'll definitely have to watch it when I've got some time to spare.
June 22, 2010
Yes, please do watch it! & thanks for coming by! :-)
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Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
posted in Inspirations
When a voice speaks and not only the entire country heard it but the entire world comes to hear about it, then that is what makes communication and the tool of communication powerful. Citizen journalism came to live in Iran last June and it is still spreading across the world. Neda is an inspiration for all, especially for women who are all fighting for their freedom!
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
An excellent documentary by HBO which details the circumstances surrounding Neda's death last year during the Iranian election. It is THE voice that calls out to the world in her & Iranian people struggle with freedom. You can watch the entire 1 hour documentary and get an indepth perspective on Iran. A must-watch for all who are concerned with humanity and freedom!
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Official Site: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/for-neda/index.html#/documentaries/for-neda/synopsis.html

The footage of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan[6] (Persianندا آقا سلطان - Nedā Āġā Soltān; January 23, 1982 – June 20, 2009) drew international attention after she was killed during the 2009 Iranian election protests.[7] Her death was captured on video by bystanders and broadcast over the Internet[8] and the video became a rallying point for the reformist opposition.[8] It was described as "probably the most widely witnessed death in human history".[9] Nedā (ندا) is a word used in Persian to mean "voice", "calling," or "divine message," and she has been referred to as the "voice of Iran."[10][11][12] Her death became iconic in the struggle of Iranian protesters against what they said was the fraudulent election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Circumstances of Death:
On June 20, 2009, at around 6:30 p.m., Neda Agha-Soltan was sitting in her Peugeot 206 in traffic on Kargar Avenue in the city ofTehran.[8] She was accompanied by her music teacher and close friend, Hamid Panahi, and two others, who remain unidentified.[13][14]The four were on their way to participate in the protests against the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election.[15] The car's air conditioner was not working well, so ...
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