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Arts & Culture

FilmForum: Freedom for the Wolf

Monday, April 9, 2018
6:10 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.

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What do freedom and democracy look like in the 21st century, and why are people fighting for it? Exploring these two pressing questions—and examining the moral and physical conflicts that arise as a result—is the aim of this smart documentary. To find answers, FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF specifically focuses on places with "illiberal democracies," or regimes where elected leaders ignore the will of the people and use their power to erode human rights or suppress marginalized groups. Post-revolution Tunisia struggles with illusory freedom that causes religious and economic oppression; Hong Kong's democracy-supporting Umbrella Movement has nuanced clashes with a pro-China faction; frustrated activists fight a decades-old crackdown on dancing in Japan; and modern Americans delve into the complexities of race relations and the country's political divide. With its mix of political perspectives and voices, as well as commentary from experts, FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF aims to provide insights and solutions. The conclusions end up a thorough (if somber) look at the complicated manifestations of freedom.

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