When millions of Iranians flooded the streets in June 2009 to protest the disputed election, it was all recorded–on video cameras and cell phones. For the West, these grainy amateur images were the only witness to the uprising and the brutal crackdown.
Recently, a group that has been collecting the digital documentation of last year’s protests received 6,000 of these videos from a student leader who fled Iran. Here are some of these remarkable, often disturbing recordings that document a brave, brutal, and heartbreaking history. Many of these images have never been seen before.