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Film highlights: Forbidden Voices and Give Us The Money

Forbidden voices
Director: Barbara Miller
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2012
Length: 52 min

Forbidden Voices should probably broadcast in “First world obligatory watch” strand – if such existed. Barbara Miller follows three women, on-line activists: Yoani Sánchez, the first Cuban female blogger, present in Prague after 20 years long ban on leaving her home country, Chinese human rights activist Zeng Jinyan, and Farnaz Seifi from Iran.

“I constantly feel guilty about the price my family has to pay for my choices”, says Seifi. There is more than one kind of price to be paid for engaging in activism and unexpectedly this fact emerges as central to the film.

A 52 minutes TV format, Forbidden Voices is scarcely cinematic, but since the key force it propagates is awareness it is just the right style to chose.

Forbidden Voices

Forbidden Voices

Lesson for the aforementioned first world? Aside from providing unprecedented access to education and culture, the Internet is the only way for some to be heard. And for that reason alone, Internet itself must remain free.

Give us the money
Director: Bosse Lindquist
Country: Sweden
Year: 2012
Length: 58 min

Oh, the righteousness of Bob Geldof! Effectiveness of humanitarian relief efforts – especially ones using celebrity as currency – is questioned in Give us the money. The films tries hard to remain a balanced account, without sounding condescending towards the rather well meaning (the audience thinks?) celebrities, who end up playing the big boys game and funding a lobbing organisation.

Between Clinton, Bush, unpleasant liaisons with Ethiopia president and crash course in global economics, Bono – one of film’s protagonists (the audience thinks?) – comes out on top, or at least self-aware.

“For the time being it is still the case that if you are trying to develop a constituency in North America or Europe to help fight poverty in Africa, you are going to resort to working with your famous friends,” Jamie Drumnod, executive director of One tells the camera.

“It’s a travesty that this is the world we live in, but this is the world we live in”

Conclusion Day 1: the world we’ve created is essentially wrong. Hurrah…