Making and impressive appearance is Maziar Bahari, best known as a Newsweek correspondent who was jailed for months for doing nothing more than being a journalist in the wrong place at the wrong time. It took months of negotiation and even Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's expertise to get him out of the his hellhole. He has much to say about the illegitimacy of the government that holds sway in Iran now, and predicts that even as it has cracked down, it lacks the heart to last much longer.
But there are many other experts also to keep the conversation lively, including the doctor, Arash Hejazi, who attended Neda in her final minutes. Regardless of the way she seems to be pleading with her eyes in the famous cell phone videos, He said that once she was shot in the heart, she only lived a few minutes. What is so ironic is that after he and her music teacher ministered to her, the Iranian government — in its clownish way of trying to pin the blame on someone else, first blamed the CIA, then on CNN, then on the BBC, and then on him.
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran speaks of the way women got the worst treatment right from the beginning of the Iranian Revolution and now are getting the worst treatment during this uprising. So, it is appropriate that Neda is the one to be the martyr. Someone remarks that a government woman told Neda that it was dangerous for her to be out in the streets being so beautiful, because to "these men beauty is dangerous." It's a telling statement of how perverted their version of a once-loving religion has become.
Don't look for any even-handedness in this documentary here. Written, directed and produced by Antony Thomas, this film has a western slant against Iran's current government that's in keeping with our current leaders. Near the end, her father looks into the camera lens and says, "If the murderer was not from this government, you would have found him."