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  • Summary: A Whisper to a Roar tells the heroic stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world – Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. From student leaders to prime ministers and heads of state, these activists share their compelling personal stories of struggle, past and present, with their countries’ oppressive regimes. Shot over three years and finalized in July 2012 by award-winning filmmaker, Ben Moses, the film was inspired by the work of Stanford University’s Larry Diamond, author of “The Spirit of Democracy” and Director of Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. It was funded by The Moulay Hicham Foundation, whose benefactor, Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco, is a renowned public intellectual and democracy advocate, particularly in regards to the Middle East. (Appleseed Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 12, 2012
    80
    A vivid documentary with unusual access to the key players in the geopolitical dramas it recounts.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    An expertly drawn primer on the soft dictatorships that constrained five different countries and the peaceful revolutions that sought to expunge them.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 20, 2012
    70
    An impressive array of archival news footage, enlightening interviews with activists, politicos, academics and journalists, plus a dispensable Alfred Molina-narrated animated parable, round out this provocative, if at times overly ambitious effort.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 10, 2012
    67
    The film makes a convincing argument that, in spite of some recent setbacks, movements for democratic change are alive and well, but it glosses over the problems that arise once the people have to implement the power they've seized.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    Clearly intent on inspiring viewers, the informational film makes a fine sum-up for those who've found the last decade's geopolitics too much to keep track of, but isn't promising in commercial terms.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    A Whisper to a Roar traces a too-familiar step-by-step political pattern: the transformation of a liberator into a despot, his subsequent reign of tyranny and the popular uprising against it.

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