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The First Amendment Project (2004)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Channel Home Entertainment/Docu Rama
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 67 min.
Languages: English
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At a time when freedom of speech has never been more important, Sundance Channel presents films from THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROJECT, a highly innovative and wildly entertaining anthology from a group of award-winning indie filmmakers. Join Mario Van Peebles (Baadasssss!), Chris Hegedus & Nick Doob (The War Room), and John Walter (How to Draw a Bunny) as they explore First Amendment rights through the headline-grabbing moments when our Constitution's integrity has been tested. Laugh along with political comedian Al Franken as he battles Fox News over a ridiculous trademark infringement case; consider the implications of state-sponsored art through the firestorm that erupted when Amiri Baraka read a controversial poem about 9/11; and scrutinize the right to protest versus the need for public security against the backdrop of the 2004 Republican National Convention. Challenging viewers to examine their understanding of civil liberties, these films masterfully illustrate instances when unpopular, irreverant, and politically incorrect expression ran against prevailing attitudes and powerful interests.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Brilliant, thought provoking, easily digestible. by ewee January 5, 2006 - 11:22 AM PST
This is a great set of documentaries. The Al Franken piece is worth the rental alone. You'll laugh, you'll think, you probably won't cry, but you might get inspired. But hey, laughing and thinking are good.

The three pieces are quite interesting in combination, and are strong enough to stand on their own.

Rent it with a liberal you love (or love to hate). It'll at least start some good conversations.

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(Average 7.15)
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