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Film Synopsis: Radio Silence
Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui has been fighting misinformation and governmental corruption for years, in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist.
After exposing a major corruption case, Aristegui is promptly fired from her long-standing post as a radio host. Buoyed by an outpouring of public support and her own team’s determination, she resolves to pursue her fight for press independence and government accountability on the internet (where her programme now regularly attracts up to 18 million viewers).
Director Juliana Fanjul takes viewers into the heat of the action, following Aristegui and her team as they doggedly seek to pursue their investigations and uncover inconvenient truths. She captures the frantic pace of their work – and the huge toll they experience in light of death threats and intimidation – in a profound reflection on the nature and future of democracy.
Contains discussions of torture, state violence, intimidation, suicidal ideation, gender-based violence.
Contains footage of dead bodies.
Screened as part of TOAFF20PLAY TRAILER
Beyond the Screen
Join us live at 20:30 on Sunday 27th September for a Q&A with the film’s director Juliana Fanjul as well as Nik Williams, Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) Coordinator at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
BSL interpretation will be available.
All our Q&As are free to attend, though pre-registration is required.
How to watch
This film is available to watch at any time between 00:00 on 16 September and 23:59 on 27 September.
To enjoy the full “live screening” experience, we recommend you:
- Book your ticket for the film in advance.
- Register your place for the live Q&A (taking place 8.30-9.15pm on Sun 27 September)
- On Sun 27 September, start playing the film at 7:00pm
- Join us for the live Q&A straight after, at 8:30pm
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