Those Who Said No

    • Nima Sarvestani
    • Sweden, Germany
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
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    After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the new Iranian regime consolidated its power through the mass removal of opponents: in the 1980s, thousands of political prisoners were secretly tortured and killed. The perpetrators were never prosecuted, and today hold high-ranking government positions. More than 25 years later, in October 2012, the Iran Tribunal met in The Hague to investigate the executions. This international people’s court has no executive power, but aims principally to identify and investigate what went on. For three days, survivors and members of victims’ families – including the filmmaker Nami Sarvestani – give their testimony. The Iran Tribunal was broadcast live. From Sweden, an activist named Iraj follows the tribunal – he is one of the survivors, scarred for life. Like Mehdi, who works behind the scenes at the tribunal, Iraj dreams of confronting the perpetrators with their crimes. He has dedicated his life entirely to the struggle for justice. Footage of Iraj and of Sarvestani looking for evidence in Iran is interspersed with poignant testimony from the courtroom. Survivors describe the horrors of their captivity in detail, but will justice ever prevail?

    Credits

    • 90 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English, Persian
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Nima Sarvestani
    Production
    Nima Sarvestani for Nima Film
    Co-production
    ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH
    Cinematography
    Ali Shirzad, Arash T. Riahi
    Editing
    Jesper Osmund
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    IDFA history

    2014
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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