A Whisper to a Roar
2013, Directed by Ben Moses
This is a documentary that both inspires and motivates its viewers to stand together and challenge the governments that are meant to serve them. It takes you on a journey through five countries in various parts of the world: Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela. Though each struggle is different, the people within these countries (and even internationally in some cases) come together to bring about positive change in peaceful manners–even if violence had been what previously dominated their lives. It was told almost completely through the stories of individuals involved in these struggles, whether they were seen as protagonists or not. The stories were supplemented with historically significant footage and clips. A viewer should know beforehand that some of the footage could be gruesome–with photographs and videos of torture and other human rights violations. The documentary begins, however, with a cartoon, which serves as a powerful narrative about a heroic warrior who lets power go to his head, ringing in the main message of the documentary from the start: the only way to evoke true change is for people to unify and challenge the systems, which are put in place to aid only a small elitist group.