(Ramsay Tarquin, Germany/U.K./U.S., 2016, 80 min.)
Begun when precocious filmmaker Ramsay Tarquin was 15 — he’s still only 20 — includes some footage of his youthful attempts to explore the topic of free speech and its essential importance in democracy. But those early, haphazard man-on-the-street interests quickly give way to a series of compelling, deep-dive interviews with key people involved in various free-speech issues: hackers, whistleblowers, journalists, and activists. The documentary features probing exchanges with such high-profile figures as Wikileaks’ Julian Assange; Jacob Applebaum, a core member of the Tor project; Sarah Harrison, the Wikileaks editor who accompanied Edward Snowden on his flight from Hong Kong to Moscow; and actor Jude Law, who is involved in a campaign to oppose Belarus’ authoritarian crackdown on free speech. The film also includes visits with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou and several prominent expat Americans, and spends a good amount of time in Berlin, which has evolved into an important gathering spot for free-speech activists and serves as home to the hackerspace c-base. An unabashed work of advocacy, not an attempt at “balanced” reporting, Free Speech Fear Free offers a passionate, informed defense of speech free of all fetters.
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