'For Neda' Documentary Illustrates The Power Of Social Media In The Fight For Human Rights

Just a little over a year after protests erupted in Tehran and across social media sites over the Iranian election of 2009, a documentary called ‘For Neda’ has been released that illustrates the incredible power of video and the social web as tools for human rights activism. The video uncovers the story of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young Iranian woman who became a symbol for the Iranian opposition when a video of her death spread on the web. Read more and watch the documentary after the jump.

‘For Neda’ was released by director Antony Thomas and HBO and tells story of Neda and her life through interviews with her family. The documentary provides history on Iran’s treatment of women, their no tolerance response to opposition and the antiquity of many of their enforced laws. However, one of the most interesting things that the documentary touches on is the power of social media in the fight for human rights.