June 23, 2009

Watching Neda die

You've probably already watched the video at least twice.

I have.

I've never watched anyone die in real life before. I've missed watching death by a half an hour.

But this footage has me on edge, particularly because my initial reaction was so callous.

I caught myself watching the video as I would any cinema veritae film. The camera angles, the rushed positioning were all reminiscent of a sub par scene in "Children of Men" or a Werner Herzog documentary.

Then I thought, isn't that what those films are mimicking? Shouldn't I be glorifying this attempt at illustrating protest in its most powerful form, instead of ripping it apart?

I think now, I was trying to separate myself from the horrific scene being depicted. Neda bleeding from her eyes. Neda dying like a dog in the street. Neda galvanizing a movement of young people who will probably die, too.

It's all too much to see. But I'll click play again.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at June 23, 2009 8:23 PM
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