If the name Neda Agha-Soltan doesn't sound familiar, that's because the brave heroine of HBO's newest documentary is better known by a single haunting image, captured on a cell-phone camera.
As we learn in For Neda, premiering tonight, Agha-Soltan wasn't merely a convenient symbol. Before being shot during the Iranian election protests last June by a presumed government sniper, the 26-year-old philosophy student was active in the fight against the treatment of women in Iran. She refused to wear the chador head covering as a school girl, read "subversive" books, and struck out on her own to work as a tour guide in Turkey.
The making of the film, directed by Antony Thomas, was equally subversive. To hear the back story, watch a preview, and find out how to see the documentary yourself, read more