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Monday's Connector: Anthony Thomas

June 18th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

The image of Neda Agha Soltan came to symbolize the feelings and aspirations of Iran's green revolution and more than a year later, a film has been made to remember her story.

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Director Anthony Thomas has teamed up with Iranians to document and investigate the life of Neda, through both her family and friends.

The story of Neda became synonymous with the uprising because after her death, images of Neda were broadcast all over the world - her last moments captured with a cell phone.

Her story spread almost immediately via social networking sites and soon major news organizations were using her death in coverage of the uprising.

Director Anthony Thomas worked with local Iranians to delve into Neda's life and background.

Thomas' film also explores the larger Iranian struggle and the underlying chasms in the country.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Anthony Thomas and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Anthony Thomas on the following questions:
    – What message do you want to give to the world through the film “For Neda”?
    – In what way is the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, THE VOICE OF IRAN ?
    – What is your opinion on the current JUSTICE system of Iran?
    – In what way are the Iranian people protected from crime?
    – How is there freedom of speech in Iran?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Anthony Thomas’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    June 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  2. ayesha

    can we recommend our own choice of connector?

    June 19, 2010 at 9:43 am | Reply
  3. Catherine

    why was it important for you to make this film?
    I'm from Moscow, rusia.

    June 20, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply
  4. Paul Andey

    What was the most interesting fact about neda's life that we might not know about? Did she love music, politics, etc?
    Also, what do you want your movie to accomplish?

    June 20, 2010 at 10:00 am | Reply
  5. Memula

    If you could show this film to Ahmedenjhad.. would you? What would you want him to get away from it?

    June 20, 2010 at 10:01 am | Reply
  6. Jon

    CAn you tell me about the process of how you went about making the fiilm? WEre you allowed easy access around the country? What logisitics did you have to prepare for?
    Has anything changed since Neda's death? What has it stood for?

    June 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  7. Brandon

    It has been a year since the uprising – what has changed in the country?

    June 21, 2010 at 9:05 am | Reply
  8. Keira

    Happy Monday all!

    Saw the film over the weekend & it was fantastic! My question is: were people forthcoming or was there a lot of convincing involved for fear of repercussions from the Iranian govt?

    Also, if the man who shot Neda was captured on film (and his ID was taken by people who were there), why hasn't he been brought to justice? Will there ever be justice for Neda, do you think?



    June 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Reply

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