For Neda

For Neda
by Nahzi

FOR NEDA is a documentary film written, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Antony Thomas.
Iranian journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan worked secretly inside Iran to locate and film interviews with Neda's family for the first time, while Thomas interviewed current exiles, including a friend of hers from her university days and Arash Hejazi, the doctor who was at Neda's side when she was shot and who held her as she died. FOR NEDA also includes videos, photos, private diaries and letters supplied by her family.
The film is narrated in English by Oscar Nominee, Shohreh Aghdashloo and will be aired on HBO on June 14th
FOR NEDA is the story of Neda Agha Soltan whose tragic death on June 20th, 2009 came to symbolize for many the struggle in Iran.

The documentary in full length

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Apparently Iran is jamming satellite broadcasts in attempts to stop people seeing the film. Viewers in Tehran complained of jamming and power cuts Wednesday and yesterday when the Voice of America Persian TV network broadcast the documentary. The film is being screened in the US this month, and has rapidly gone viral in Iran in the run-up to election protests. It is available on YouTube so can be seen by anyone with access to the internet. HBO says it took the unprecedented decision to pre-release the film for Iranian audiences because of its relevance in the run-up to the anniversary of the polls.

Iran's intelligence ministry is due to release its own documentary to remove "ambiguities" surrounding her death and provide "new evidence" about what it calls the west's version of events. Neda's family were under pressure to cooperate with the official documentary but refused. Two of her friends were forced to participate.