Source: Persepolis Pictures
'I Am Neda' Director Nicole Kian Sadighi and Persepolis Pictures is extremely excited to announce that 'I Am Neda' has been selected as one of 3 short films to be presented at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2012!!!!
"I received a wonderful call from Monika Skerbelis, Director of American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, to congratulate me on becoming a finalist. To say that I was overly excited would not do my sentiments any justice, recieving this tremendous news is a great sense of achievement for me as a first time director, writer, producer. At the same time in amongst the celebratons, it is also a time to reflect and contemplate why I began walking the path to make this movie in the first place. A moment in history, that was engulfed in tragedy, an inspiring legacy that Neda left behind. I made a vow to uphold her legacy and memory and; that of all the Neda’s of the world who don’t have a voice. No matter what language we speak, I hope that voice can be reflected in this movie 'I Am Neda'. That can be the power of film. No matter what subject matter you are dealing with and that's what I've hoped to achieve.”
The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival held May 16-27, 2012. Exact screening dates for 'I Am Neda' and schedules to be confirmed in the coming next week.
I Am Neda is the true story of Neda Agha-Soltan who fearlessly pursued the cause of 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 as well as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube posting. 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
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, London Times, Life Magazine, the musical group U2 and President Obama commented and paid homage to Neda's story - the girl whose face will always be remembered from YouTube. She was one of the 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 The Queen's College, Oxford, with preference given to students of Iranian citizenship or heritage. 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.
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