Video: Amnesty International Film Festival panel discussion on press freedom and technology
Amnesty International recently held its eighteenth annual Vancouver Film Festival.
The series opened on October 16 with a screening of Forbidden Voices and a panel discussion on press freedom.
Forbidden Voices tells the stories of three women who use the internet and social media to challenge their governments’ monopolies over information.
It follows Yoani Sanchez in Cuba, Zeng Jinyan in China, and Farnaz Seifi in Iran.
After the movie screening, I joined a Vancouver-based, internationally published freelance journalist named Hadani Ditmars to host a discussion about the film, and talk about how the internet is being used to challenge traditional state control over media.
Ditmars is a regular contributor to Haaretz, former editor at New Internationalist, and author of Dancing in the No Fly Zone: A woman’s journey through Iraq. She’s reported from Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and Guatemala, among other places.
A video of our discussion with the audience as well as an introduction by Amnesty International Canada’s Don Wright appears above.