Barbara Miller
Switzerland, 97 min
World premiere

Braving censorship, three exceptional women seized on the Internet as a way of denouncing their governments’ abuses and advancing democracy in their countries: Cuba, Iran and China. Every day, they pay a high price for their commitment. Based on their accounts, extracts from their blogs and gripping clandestine footage, this intense film is a tribute to their brave struggle.

The Internet has become a formidable weapon in combating the propaganda of dictatorial regimes. This film follows the struggle of three exceptional women who seized on the Web as a way of denouncing governmental abuses and advancing democracy in their countries: Cuba, Iran and China. Every day, they pay a high price for their courage. When they are not censored, their messages are systematically discredited by the official media, as in these edifying extracts from Cuban television. Based on the accounts of these militants, quotation from their blogs and gripping clandestine images, Forbidden Voices invites us to contemplate the reality behind the facade.  This intense and well-researched film also stresses the paradoxical status of this form of virtual activism, which is heavily reliant on the international reaction it provokes… outside the country which would gag it. This is the character of the modern “blogosphere”: in the Internet era, freedom of expression is played out on a world stage.

Alessia Bottani

Translation BMP Translations

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Duration
97 min
Year
2012
Country
Switzerland
Sections
Helvétiques
Regard Neuf
Premiere
World premiere
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Persian, French
Subtitles
English, French
Production
Philip Delaquis

Helvétiques

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