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 see what might happen if we give the state power to censor. Hearing the word censorship makes us cringe, but is it a misunderstood idea? This fresh and dynamic doc explores the murky world of censorship, allowing the censors themselves to state their case. 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 it’s one thing the censors have in common, it is that they’re all convinced they’re working for a good cause and that censorship is a bulwark against social chaos.
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.
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Denmark Finland Netherlands
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Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn ApS Filmimaa Oy Halal Docs
Norwegian Film Institute Fritt Ord Foundation Fond for lyd og bilde Creative Europe
Malene Flindt Pedersen Markku Tuurna Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Håvard Fossum (b. 1985) is a director and cinematographer. He has an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in journalism. Fossum's Over to You, Trygve (2011) and Secondhand Land (2012) have been screened, among other places, in Tromsø and at Sheffield Doc/Fest.