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

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2009 (USA)
First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus talks about the history and current state of free speech in America.

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Liz Garbus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Garbus Martin Garbus ... Himself, attorney, father of Liz Garbus
Liz Garbus ... Herself, daughter of Martin Garbus
Ken Starr Ken Starr ... Himself - Dean, Pepperdine University (as Kenneth Starr)
Jack M. Sleeth Jack M. Sleeth ... Himself, first amendment attorney
Eric Foner Eric Foner ... Himself, professor, Columbia University
Josh Wolf Josh Wolf ... Himself, blogger
Donna Lieberman Donna Lieberman ... Herself, executive director, New York Civil Liberties Union
William Bradford Huie William Bradford Huie ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Posner 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 Joan Wallach Scott ... Herself, professor, Princeton University
Ward Churchill 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ett nödrop för yttrandefriheten See more »

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HBO Documentary Films See more »
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(TV) (PAL)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Very informative documentary
8 March 2016 | by makennatSee all my reviews

I found this documentary to be very informative about how in certain times of crisis the government will punish your freedom of speech. This is a very big deal because the government shouldn't be allowed to do that but they can.We see many different stories about how a certain crisis happened in America and how different peoples freedom of speech were punished. The documentary give a different view of our right to freedom of speech and how if they can't punish you for your speech then they'll find a different problem to accuse you with. When we think freedom of speech we think that we can say whatever we want but in reality the government can take away our ability to do so. This is a great documentary on how if the government feels like you are going to cause a panic in the society then they can take your freedom of speech and make it harder for you to say what you want without getting punished for it. If you are interested in learning about freedom of speech and the different ways that it has been used against people I recommend that you watch this documentary.


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