When someone finally tweets the definitive history of social media, the stolen 2009 Iranian election will get a chapter: While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime cracked down on traditional communications, Twitter allowed protesters to organize—and let the outside world watch. Or did it? Another version holds that the webby stuff actually played little role. Alas, Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave won’t help you sort it out: A documentary based largely on verbatim blog posts and tweets, the film doesn’t leave viewers feeling any closer to the calamity in Tehran than they did while reading about it online in real-time (though the motion-comic animation used to reenact the posts is visually arresting). The selected tweets are necessarily one-sided—understandable, given the overwhelming evidence against the regime. More irritatingly, they’re also naïve-sounding and over-the-top, something that seemed normal in the midst of the battle but feels like ham-fisted propaganda today. It’s hard to blame the filmmaker for not having the access necessary to make a newsier, deeper film. But in an age of social media, the results might leave you feeling like you’ve seen this movie before.
At 6:30 p.m.; also on Saturday, April 16 at 8:15 p.m. Both showings at E Street Cinema.