FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Our films on Freedom of Speech show the resistance of numerous courageous people who fearlessly and unconditionally stand up for a "free world" – even if they themselves are put in danger in the process.
NIGHT WILL FALL
André Singer | UK | 2014 | 75 min | English, Hebrew, Russian
In 1945, when the first concentration camps in Europe were liberated, the need arose to document the unimaginable. Renowned filmmakers are asked to rework the material. While the Americans quickly go public with a short film, Alfred Hitchcock's work disappears into British archives because in the beginning of the Cold War, it no longer seemed opportune to confront the West German population with their deeds. After some sixty years, it is possible to reconstruct the Hitchcock film in its entirety. NIGHT WILL FALL shows unsparing and startling images of one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century.
THE CARTEL PROJECT
Jules Giraudat | FR | 2021 | 70 min | Spanish
On April 28, 2012, journalist Regina Martínez was strangled in her home. Since 2000, 119 reporters have been murdered in Mexico, making the country the most dangerous place in the world for members of the press. THE CARTEL PROJECT follows 60 international journalists as they work together to solve their colleague's murder and end their investigation into Mexican cartels’ global political and business connections. They are all part of Forbidden Stories, a global network that aims to complete and publish the work of journalists who have been threatened, imprisoned or murdered, so that the truth can come out.
Bryan Fogel | US | 2020 | 119 min | Arabic, Turkish, English
His name was known around the world: Jamal Khashoggi. In 2018, the Saudi Arabian journalist entered his country's consulate in Istanbul – and did not leave alive. The Saudi government acknowledged Khashoggi's killing. Bryan Fogel's film reconstructs the events and raises the question: Why did Khashoggi have to die? The journalist largely supported the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his reforms to modernize the country. There was only one thing he criticized: that in the kingdom, only the ruler's opinion is valid. Khashoggi said he was not calling for democracy, just that the people be allowed to speak.
THE FACE OF ANONYMOUS
Gary Lang | CA | 2020 | 87 min | English, Spanish
Commander X (a.k.a. Christopher Doyon) spent time on the streets of Toronto and Mexico hiding from the FBI. But this infamous hacktivist feels most at home on the internet where he gained notoriety. Through his affiliation with Anonymous, the purposefully elusive online network responsible for corporate takedowns and political disruption, Commander X had a platform to espouse his beliefs and befriend powerful figures like Julian Assange. He takes credit for crippling credit card companies that were attempting to sideline Wikileaks and claims a role in the Arab Spring. But what role did he really play in the worldwide collective?
Ashley O'Shay | US | 2020 | 86 min | English
UNAPOLOGETIC follows Janaé and Bella, two Black Lives Matter activists working in Chicago to solve the murders of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald and fight to convict their killers– police officers. As part of the Black Lives Matter movement, the protagonists rebel against state violence. The film follows them as they work in activist groups, college and at hearings. In the process, they organize queerfeminist groups and different forms of protest. A film about the Black Lives Matter movement in Chicago and its young queerfeminist leaders.
WRITING WITH FIRE
Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh | IN | 2021 | 93 min | Hindi
In India, where the news landscape is dominated by men, three women decide to launch the first woman-owned newspaper. They belong to the Dalit who used to be the lowest caste in India and continue to be marginalized in Hindu society. Chief Reporter Meera Devi and her female colleagues want to break with tradition. Armed with smartphones, they are breaking conventions, telling stories from within their own four walls and fighting corruption. They are redefining what it means to be powerful – also as women.