A Todo Color (2016), director Randy Valdes, 1h 30m
In the 90’s, Cuba was suffering a fierce economic, political and social crisis that drowned the country in misery, hunger and desperation. Being the protagonist that music has always been in Cuba, it offered not just an escape but a means of expression during the most oppressive times in the nation’s history. As a result, a new generation of talented musicians and songwriters arose, carrying the torch for a people desperately seeking freedom of expression.
Black Code (2016), director Nicholas De Pencier, 89 m
The internet gives a lot of freedom but at the same time it can be exploited by authorities or totalitarian regimes as a means to survey society. This film reminds that with freedom comes responsibility and shows how easy it is to lose freedom without being aware of it.
Changing the World, One Wall at a Time (2017),director Maryam Ishani,52 m
This film shows how street art can be a great weapon in the fight for freedom. Graffiti brings the topic of freedom to the streets, directly to the societies.
Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, a documentary feature film on Education Is Not A Crime – one of the world’s largest street art and human rights campaigns, which raises awareness of education discrimination by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is – is now available.
Jaha’s Promise (2018), director Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan, 1h 20m
A survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) turns her faith around and campaigns for an end of FGM in Gambia… to start with. An exceptional heroin who inspires others with her courage.Earlier this year Jaha launched the Big Sisters, a movement of young women activists from over a dozen African countries dedicated to eliminating FGM and child marriage.www.thebigsisters.org
Killing Europe (2017), director Michael Hansen, 1h 12m
This film explores the effects of mass Muslim migration to Europe. It has being banned all over the world by various governments representing different political systems, even though its only aim is to protect freedom.
Nothing is Forgiven (2017), Director Vincent Coen, Guillaume Vandenberghe, 1h 1m
The consequences of a terrorist attack stay with us forever. We should not forget the victims and we should not abandon the survivors.
Shot over five years, ‘Nothing is Forgiven’ tells the story of how Zineb El Rhazoui, a Moroccan activist and journalist, became the most protected woman in France.
Pavlensky – Man and Might (2016), Director Irene Langemann, 1h 39m
The film shows how shocking art can expose the ridiculousness of a totalitarian system. Only a courageous artists who risks their life and health can confront this authoritarian system.
In the course of his performances, the Russian political artist Pyotr Pavlensky has sewn up his mouth, nailed his scrotum to Red Square, and set fire to the door of the headquarters of the Russian secret service, to protest against „state terror“. He spent seven months in prison. According to Pavlensky, political artists in Putin’s Russia are being robbed of their voice and condemned to silence. The film shows Pyotr Pavlensky and his preoccupation with the liberty of the individual confronted by the power of the state.
Tickling Gigants (2016), director Sara Taksler, 1h 51m
A sense of humour is a useful weapon against the oppression of authorities that do not know how to deal with it.
Tickling Giants tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart”, who decides to leave his job as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. The movie is about how he finds creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power.
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Unknown Artist (2018), director Fazila Amiri, 7m
For 17-year-old child bride Reema, the only reprieve from her toxic, abusive relationship is writing and singing her poetry at the only women’s radio station in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Venezuela Undercover (2017), reporter Eric Campbell, 27m
The film displays the depth to which Venezuela is falling apart and how everybody is aware of it but nobody dares to address it.
When God Sleeps (2017), director Till Schauder, 1h 28m
The story of the Iranian musician (Shahin Najafi) who challenges the Iranian social, political, and religious system with his music and risks his life in order to defend freedom of expression.
Women of Freedom (2016), director Abeer Zeibak Haddad, 1h 10m
Honor killing is a brutal topic that must be hotly debated, yet is somehow swept under the carpet in the modern world.
About 5000 women are murdered every year throughout the world, in what are called ‘honour killings’. In many cases, it is relatives, even the parents, of the victim who perpetrate these horrific acts of violence in reaction to what they consider a slight to their honour. This unflinching documentary meets the survivors of this brutal tradition, and explores the widespread attitudes used to justify these killings.