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Meet the Censors (2020)

Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Fossum has travels the world to understand what censorship is, allowing the censors themselves to state their case.


Håvard Fossum
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From a Kafkaesque office for social media in Germany into South Sudan military headquarters, to conversations with an Iranian Ayatollah, Indian film censors and Chinese news editors. Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Fossum has traveled the world to understand what censorship is, allowing the censors themselves to state their case. Hearing the word censorship makes us cringe, but is it a misunderstood idea. With remarkable access to a secretive world, Fossum intimately follows the daily working lives of the censors, giving a rare insight into the ways information is controlled, from the Communist Party in Beijing to the corridors of power in Washington. If there's one thing the censors have in common, it's that they're all convinced they're working for a good cause, and that censorship is a bulwark against social chaos. It's a paradoxical project with both comical and tragic consequences, but in these disruptive times, where censorship itself is taking on new forms, there's reason to listen....

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There is no such thing as positive censorship
28 February 2021 | by calmirioSee all my reviews

To be cristal clear: there is NO such thing as positive censorship, once we start to control the free spech thru censorship, well, it's a slippery slope that will lead to destruction of democracy and ultimately will legitimize authoritarian, populism, or any other "ism" posible.

The only way to combat the far sides of political compass (left, right and/or zealotry) is thru education, and we have neglected this aspect in the past 30-40 years.

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18 March 2020 (Denmark) See more »

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NOK7,000,000 (estimated)
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