Those Who Said No
Nima Sarvestani, Iran & Sweden, 2014
‘Those Who Said No’ is a story about the search for justice and closure after what is known as “The Bloody Decade” in Iran.
The film examines the fallout of a fatwah issued by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1988, which ordered the execution of all political prisoners. The perpetrators of the massacre have never been prosecuted.
In 2013, a group of courageous Iranians worked to bring these crimes to light. The film follows the course of the Iran Tribunal in The Hague Court of Justice, interspersing these moments with personal narratives about survival, resilience, and the quest for justice. By weaving together these two tales, 'Those Who Said No' makes a powerful statement about the act of bearing witness.
Maryam Ebrahimi, Heino Deckert, Farima Karimi
Festivals and Awards:
Best investigation documentary in Monte-Carlo Festival De television - The Golden Nymph award, 2016
DocsDF International Film Festival, Mexico, 2015
Sole Luna Doc Film Festival, Italy, 2015
Docpoint IDF, Helsinki, 2015
One World HRFF, Prague, 2015
Movies That Matter IDF Den Haag, 2015
Documentarist IDF, Istanbul, 2015
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentaries, the Netherlands, 2014
Watch Docs HRFF, Warsaw, 2014
Co-production with broadcasters SVT and ZDF
Commissioned by DR2
Distributed in Europe by Deckert Distribution
Distributed in North America by Films Transit