1. As the events in Ferguson, Mo., continue, one journalist and filmmaker created an image series titled “Last Words,” which depicts 11 victims of police violence and their last words before dying.
2. Barghi told BuzzFeed in an email she made these images because “the struggle to dismantle structures of oppression resonated with me.”
“I came of age in a country where police violence and state repression was pervasive,” she said. “While the shape and color of that violence changes from place to place, its fundamental characteristics are sadly predictable and universal.”
3. Barghi, a Muslim-Iranian woman, felt a need to create these images because it spoke to her experience.
“Seeing the way the authorities here used terms like “rioters” and “looters” to dismiss and trivialize overwhelmingly non-violent demonstrations in Ferguson was painful,” said Barghi. “It brought back vivid memories of similar tactics used by Iranian officials against protestors in 2009.”
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