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.

Produced by:

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

Those Who Said No - Trailer
Those Who Said No / Nima Sarvestani
Those Who Said No / Nima Sarvestani