June 20, 2009

Astonishment: The Tehran Rooftop

The ongoing flow citizen media coming out of Iran amidst the turmoil has staggered me. I am astonished and weeping at the incredible bravery that is being revealed, at the greed and cruelty of the state, at the power of media as an expression of will and desire.

Here is a video that overpowers me. The shouts and cries rising like waves far into the night, the narrator’s tiny, quavering voice … she is anonymous, but she contains all the hope for liberation, and all the sorrow for its betrayal, that any human has ever known.