Top films that revealed the right of an individual to freedom
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By definition freedom is the right to act, speak, or think freely, without any hindrance or restraint. This means that neither the government, nor the society around can prevent an individual from thinking, speaking, or acting in a particular way. But this is a utopia since “the freedom of one stops where another begins. In the real world, freedom is restricted by the laws and moral rules existing in a particular society.

The films carefully selected by the Red Rock Entertainment crew highlight one’s right to freedom: be it speech, marriage, choice, or anything else. The important notice here is that films below demonstrate how the government, officials, or the world around limited one’s right to freedom and how these individuals fought for it.

All the President's Men (1976)

Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) are two green reporters at the Washington Post. They both aim for the leading articles but come together in the investigation about the role of the US President Nixon in the Watergate hotel break-in. Even though their life is threatened by law enforcement and their work is frequently blocked. However, the two young men paired to continue writing which eventually caused Nixon’s resignation. They then published the book "All the President's Men" that was screened by Robert Redford.

Dirty Pictures (2000)

Based on a true story, the film tells a story of the Cincinnati Arts Center curator, Dennis Barrie, who puts controversial photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe on display at work. While Barrie knew that the exhibition would raise a lot of questions and controversies, he could have never expected that it would take him to court. In a fierce legal battle, the curator plans on defending his First Amendment right and prepares for one of the loudest cases in the history of the US. Frank Pierson has accurately delivered the whole absurdity and yet the seriousness of the situation which remains timely even today.

Hidden figures (2016)

Three nominations of this film speak even louder than any appraisal. The story of three black female mathematicians who helped their country win the Space Race back in the 20th century and their daily routine. From the need to use a restroom for coloured people located an hour walk from the work desk to segregation in public transport and the society’s mind. The freedom for freedom is what Theodore Melfi showed to the viewers in this biographical drama.

The Post (2017)

Press has been seen as the fourth branch of power for a long time and in The Post, this branch would fight the rest three. Stephen Spielberg is good at thrillers, and this film is yet one more great example of the statement. Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) as one of the first female publishers of a major American newspaper, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) the executive editor of The Washington Post attempt to publish the Pentagon Papers, which are classified documents about the 30-year involvement of the US government in the Vietnam War. Again, the struggle for the freedom of speech that has long been promoted yet never actually granted is perfectly filmed by one of the greatest directors living.

Freedom on My Mind (1994)

This is an Academy Award-nominated documentary developed by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. It demonstrates the chronicles of the 1960s voters registration in the US. At that time, black activists were trying to register for the voting during the 1961-1964 timeframe and were standing by their right to do so. However, the segregation problem would prevent them from committing their legal obligation to the country. The viewers will also be familiarized with the "Freedom Summer" which is a 1964 event that brought hundreds and thousands of college students to the Deep South and in the end, led to the establishment of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

The Loving Story (2011)

This is one of the biggest and loudest marriage-related cases ever noted in history. Mildred and Richard Loving are an interracial couple who had to spend a year in Virginian prison due to the laws banning marriage between blacks and whites. This HBO documentary tells the story of how the couple decided to fight for their right to live like a family and their path to the Supreme Court back in 1967. Nancy Buirski caught the love of these two on camera and brought back the day when interracial marriages became legal throughout the country.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) / Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013)

Alison Klayman in 2012 portrayed the way of the Chinese artist and activist to his exhibitions that were destined to clash him with the government. In 2013, Andreas Johnsen examines the trumped-up charges brought against Ai Weiwei by the communist Chinese government. Both films tell a story of a man who was and is willing to fight for the right of self-expression, freedom of speech and human rights in general. Red Rock Entertainment executive team insists that both of these award-winning films are a must-see for any activist or a conscious individual.

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