#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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. At once laugh-out-loud funny, deeply shocking and thought-provoking, this timely and intelligent doc will stay with you long after you watch it.
Plot: From a Kafkaesque office for social media in Germany and on to Sudan, and to conversations with an Iranian Ayatollah, an Indian film censor and critical journalists in China. The Norwegian Håvard Fossum has travelled the world to understand what censorship is, and how censors work, both in theory and in practice.
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Could and should have been better
My degree in Media Studies rests on a thesis on censorship so I had to watch this one, but it immediately becomes clear that the director – as much as an effort he makes – didn’t do his research. It never fails to amaze me how rarely social science documentaries address literature, of which there is plenty in regard to censorship. So the first major mistake of this film is to not present an overview, a starting point. Like, all governments at all times have tried to exert information control, the word “censor” itself goes all the way back to the Roman Empire.
Instead, the director uses footage of a right-wing rally to ask whether there could be a “good” censorship to filter away events like that. Ouch, that totally misses the point. All information is censored to a certain degree. As for his interviews, it’s not that Fossum isn’t prepared – he’s just too nice all the time. For a subject like this, you have to be tenacious and aggressive in a friendly way. He interviews Chinese editors who present distorted but totally convinced opinions, but then fails to push the subject (by asking why the “real” footage of Tiananmen is just as forbidden as the “wrong” Western one or whether Tibet’s feudal state was a justification for invasion, and whether the Tibetans are really happy about the Chinese outnumbering them). Only in Iran he manages to get some useful info, but I’ve been there, the people are exceptionally eager to communicate, even if they disagree with you.
Only at the end, when faced with the stonewalling of American institutions, Fossum seems to realize that his film is a failure because his approach was wrong. He understands that when officials in other countries talked to him, they served their own interest, while the Americans simply don’t give a darn. He sorta admits this via a defeatist voice-over. But instead of starting all over, or at least announcing that, he capitulates. So this is an interesting failure about a mega-important topic which gives you a glimpse of what a huge and underrated subject censorship is.
There is no such thing as positive censorship
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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Director Håvard Fossum
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