Documentary Director, Producer Discuss Film
Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 02:12
“A Whisper to a Roar” director Ben Moses and executive producer Larry Diamond spoke about the inspiration for their film, which depicts democratic movements around the world, after an early screening in Intercultural Center Auditorium Sunday.
The event was sponsored by the Georgetown University Lecture Fund and organized by Laura Cappellin (COL ’15), who is not part of GULF.
The documentary shares the stories of activists in five countries with oppressive regimes: Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
Cappellin spoke about her motivation for organizing this event.
“I was born and raised in Venezuela; I lived there all my life,” Cappellin said. “In the past summer, I worked on the Henrique Capriles presidential campaign in Venezuela. He was the runner-up for the presidency against Chavez, and he recently lost in August. I spent two months this summer working for his campaign, and I met the student group that appears in the film.”
The film’s creators have been screening and promoting the documentary in anticipation of its April release. Cappellin reached out to Moses and Diamond to have a screening at Georgetown.
“I hope that [Georgetown students] will be informed about the variety of country struggles to achieve more democratic and accountable government around the world,” Diamond said. “I hope they will see that even within this extraordinary variety of cultural and regional circumstances, of political circumstances and situations, there’s some underlying commonalities. I think a theme of the film is that democracy has become a universal value; even very, very poor people in Zimbabwe want to live in a democratic system.”
The documentary is based on Diamond’s book, “The Spirit of Democracy.”
“[Diamond’s book] touched me deeply,” Moses said. “I said, ‘Larry, we need to get the information you know and have worked on all your life out to a wider audience.’”
The documentary features different types of activists in each of the five different countries, from student activists in Venezuela and online activists in Egypt to politicians in Malaysia and Ukraine.
Lecture Fund member Marcus Stromeyer (SFS ’15) enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the film’s creators.
“It was phenomenal. It is very special for us to be able to watch a movie and then be able to have the producer, director and also the inspiration for the film present,” Stromeyer said. “And what’s really great about this is at Georgetown, we’re all about this ongoing dialogue, and this is exactly it. And this is what Lecture Fund tries to push: dialogue.”