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Cartoonists: Footsoldiers of Democracy? (2014)

Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie (original title)
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12 lovable lunatics, capturing the comic and tragic in all four corners of the earth: cartoonists who risk their lives to defend democracy, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Plantu ...
Himself, cartoonist, France
Mikhail Zlatkovsky ...
Himself, cartoonist, Russia (as Mikhail M. Zlatkovsky)
Damien Glez ...
Himself, cartoonist, Burkina Faso
Michel Kichka ...
Himself, cartoonist, Israel
Rayma Suprani ...
Herself, cartoonist, Venezuela
Slim ...
Himself, cartoonist, Algeria
Jeff Danziger ...
Himself, cartoonist, USA
Baha Boukhari ...
Himself, cartoonist, West Bank
Lassane Zohoré ...
Himself, cartoonist, Ivory Coast
Ángel Boligán Corbo ...
Himself, Cuban cartoonist, Mexico (as Ángel Boligán)
Nadia Khiari ...
Herself, cartoonist, Tunisia
Pi San ...
Himself, cartoonist and animator, China
Eric Fottorino ...
Himself, former executive editor, Le Monde (as Éric Fottorino)
Baki Boukhalfa ...
Himself, cartoonist, Algeria
Malek ...
Himself, rapper


12 lovable lunatics, capturing the comic and tragic in all four corners of the earth: cartoonists who risk their lives to defend democracy, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon.

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Bunch of interviews put together and sold as documentary
26 January 2015 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This pre-Hebdo documentary about cartoonists and freedom of speech is almost not worth being called a 'documentary' rather than an accumulation of interviews by a bunch of self-righteous white men proclaiming their own importance. Admittedly, there are some women and people of colour who get a say. Admittedly, some of the cartoonists live in the line of fire and see people getting killed in their direct vicinity. That's exactly why this documentary has some very good parts. Especially the interviews with Ángel Boligán and Nadia Khiari I found quite interesting. Apart from that, this feature wasn't enlightening at all. Just a bunch of clichés from bourgeois people like Jean Plantureux, Michel Kichka and Baha Boukhari. Also, there's almost no backstory or social context given. For some cartoonists, like Rayma Suprani, I deemed that necessary. This is pretty weak and forgettable stuff for an otherwise very important topic. Footsoldiers of democracy? Most of them really aren't.

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