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Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (2009)

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First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus talks about the history and current state of free speech in America

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Garbus ...
Himself, attorney, father of Liz Garbus
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Herself, daughter of Martin Garbus
Ken Starr ...
Himself, dean, Pepperdine University (as Kenneth Starr)
Jack M. Sleeth ...
Himself, first amendment attorney
Eric Foner ...
Himself, professor, Columbia University
Josh Wolf ...
Himself, blogger
Donna Lieberman ...
Herself, executive director, New York Civil Liberties Union
William Bradford Huie ...
Himself (archive footage)
Richard Posner ...
Himself, judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
J. Edgar Hoover ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joseph McCarthy ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joseph N. Welch ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joan Wallach Scott ...
Herself, professor, Princeton University
Ward Churchill ...
Himself, author, professor of ethnic studies
Alan Colmes ...
Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary look at the changing interpretations of the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution - laws and court cases that have alternatively broadened and narrowed the amendment's protection of free speech and assembly. The film's thesis is that post-9/11 the government has seized unprecedented license to surveil, intimidate, arrest, and detain citizens and foreigners alike. The film also looks back to the Pentagon Papers' case and compares it to cases since 9/11 dealing with high school students' speech and protesters marching in New York City during the 2004 Republican convention. Comment comes from a range of scholars, pundits, and advocates. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Well made documentary.
14 March 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw this film a few years back on TV and was amazed how little attention this well made, thoughtful film has gotten.

Even in 2012 there is hardly any reviews on this film, maybe Liz Garbus had a bad distributor? This documentary discusses freedom of speech seen partly through Garbus father, attorney Martin Garbus.

They discuss among many things how the government in the USA have tried their best at silencing awkward opinions in post 9/11 America. But also what is the point of having freedom of speech? Is it needed?

Should racists, anti abortion activists, intelligent design people, etc have the same right? These and many other questions are raised in the film.

And it is not just one side of the political spectrum who get a chance to talk but Garbus interviews people with different political views. It is required viewing by anyone interested in freedom of speech or just interested in seeing a well made documentary.

This film should seen side by side with Fück (2005) directed by Steve Anderson. Noticed the odd spelling of Steve Andersons film? Yes, IMDb doesn't allow four letter words.


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