Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech

February 17, 2009

A documentary about the First Amendment that features the Ward Churchill case is premiering at Sundance

Here’s a review from Cinema Blend:

Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech explores free speech in America by addressing contemporary cases in which the First Amendment has played a very significant role. The documentary not only looks at how free speech has been challenged in our country, but also how willing or unwilling Americans are to give up civil liberties in exchange for national security in a post-9/11 era. 

Filmmaker Liz Garbus speaks with her father, First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus as part of the narrative for the film. Garbus takes us through the era of McCarthyism as well as other pivotal times in our nation’s history when the First Amendment was put to the test, using his own personal experiences as well as other historical references to lay out the story. The film also cites various cases from recent years, including Ward Churchill being fired from his job as a professor at the University of Colorado after he wrote in a blog post that the people who died in the World Trade Center were, “a technocratic corps at the very heart of America’s global financial empire” and calling them “Little Eichmanns.” 

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If you believe in free speech Shouting Fire is something you have to see, if only to get a better understanding of how just how important it is. 

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One Response to “Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech”


  1. […] 23, 2009 Liz Garbus, the director of Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech which featured Ward Churchill was recently interviewed for the TV and Film Channel […]


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