British Universities Film & Video Council

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Freedom of Speech

Synopsis
Three 8-minute films: 1) A CENSOR’S LIFE: In Azerbaijan, where censorship has officially been stopped, journalists still struggle to print the truth. This story follows the daily life of a censor in the new war-torn republic; 2) WRITING ON THE WALL: In Belarus the press is gagged and television still heavily censored by the state. This story focuses on a 14-year-old boy who has spent almost six months in a Minsk prison awaiting the results of an investigation after being caught drawing anti-government graffiti on a fence. 3) JAILHOUSE JOCKS: The story of jailhouse radio in Riga, Latvia. Reports show the prisoners’ behaviour markedly improved after the introduction of a service which allows them to send and receive messages of love, friendship, despair and hope across the airwaves - proving that increased freedom can pay real social dividends.
Series
Beyond Red
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 26 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale - see BEYOND RED; See: BEYOND RED
Subjects
Politics & government
Keywords
Azerbaijan; Belarus; censorship; human rights; Latvia; political prisoners

Sections

Title
Censor’s life, A

Title
Writing on the wall

Title
Jailhouse jocks

Production Company

Name

Television Trust for the Environment

Notes
Now known as TVE

Distributor

Name

TVE

Email
General email: tve@tve.org.uk.Sales and outreach: distribution@tve.org.uk
Web
http://tve.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 91 (11) 26 410 684
Address
46 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3QJ
Notes
TVE works with partners globally to produce films on environment and development issues, as well as health and human rights. Most of the 600 films are available for sale on DVD for educational use. Previously known as Television Trust for the Environment.

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