Those Who Said No

Those Who Said No

  • Director(s): Nima Sarvestani
  • Producer(s): Mariana Abrahamian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 90 min
  • Language: Persian, English
  • Format: dcp
  • Premiere status: World Premiere

The Ayatolla’s fatwa was brutally clear: “The political prisoners, who stand by their beliefs are considered waging war against God and are Islam’s enemies. They should be executed immediately.” In the 1980s, the new Iranian regime consolidated its power by executing thousands of political prisoners – many in the single summer of 1988. Now, after 25 years of silence, and with the perpetrators still in power, the world is hearing for the first time the details of the atrocity. Whilst the torturers enjoy complete immunity, the Iran Tribunal in The Hague investigates the executions over three moving days, determined to out the truth. Director Nami Sarvestani, whose brother was one of those executed, brings his own documentary footage to the hearing. His film weaves between the courtroom and the survivors and victim’s families who have been working for a quarter century for their voices to be heard.

Carol Nahra

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