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Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer

Synopsis
Documentary about three young women who use social media to document, denounce and combat violations of human rights and free speech in their countries. Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes but have paid a high price for standing up to oppression. Eyewitness reports and clandestine footage show Sánchez’s brutal beating by Cuban police for criticising her country’s regime; Chinese human rights activist Jinyan under house arrest for four years; and Iranian journalist and women’s advocate Seifi forced into exile, where she blogs under a pseudonym. These women represent a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs speak out against the state information monopoly, putting them at great risk.
Language
English
Country
Switzerland
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Women’s studies
Keywords
China; Cuba; Iran; social action; human rights abuses; Blogging; social media

Credits

Director
Miller Freeman plc

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
$395.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
96 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Women Make Movies Inc

Email
info@wmm.com
Web
http://www.wmm.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 212 925 0606
Fax
+1 212 925 2052
Address
462 Broadway
Suite 500WS (at Grand Street)
New York
NY 10013
USA
Notes
US company distributing independent films by and about women. The collection consists of more than 500 documentary, experimental, animation, dramatic and mixed-genre titles. The films and videotapes represent a diversity of styles, subjects and perspectives in women’s lives.

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