Woman, life, freedom. An Iranian revolution
On arte.tv until December 24 and on Arte September 19 at 10:40 p.m.
A year ago, on September 16, 2022, a wind of revolt rose in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini. Of Kurdish origin and aged 22, she succumbed to her injuries after being beaten by the police, who had arrested her for “wearing the veil not in accordance with the law”. “Woman, life, freedom!” », chanted millions of Iranian women, but also Iranians, in the streets of Tehran as in those of Shiraz (South-West) or Zahedan (South-East). In a few weeks, the revolt transformed into an uprising which spread throughout the territory and all parts of society.
The echo of the Iranian cry
This is the great merit of the documentary by Claire Billet and Mohamad Hosseini: retracing the course of events which lastingly cracked the foundations of the Iranian theocratic dictatorship. Using numerous videos of demonstrations and on-site testimonies – anonymous for security reasons – they show how the death of Mahsa Amini lifted the lid on anger that had been suppressed for decades. “We are not fighting against a piece of fabric but against one of the most visible pillars of oppression”, recalls, from New York, the activist and journalist Masih Alinejad.
An irrepressible aspiration for freedom supported by demonstrations in Toronto, Berlin, Melbourne… “The cry is becoming global”, underline the authors of the documentary. As proof, too, the explosion in the number of visits to the Instagram account of actress Golshifteh Farahani, who read the heartbreaking letter from Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist detained in the sinister Evin prison.
If the demonstrations have become rarer, multiple acts of civil disobedience have taken over. Like the one consisting of removing the mullahs’ turban, in the middle of the street, with a quick gesture… The sign of insubordination rooted forever.