Free Speech Film Festival
The Free Speech Award
American INSIGHT’s annual Free Speech Award celebrates filmmakers who put their voices behind the fight against global injustice. Only one film wins each year. Over the past decade, independent films have been submitted from (or about) 77 countries and 7 continents.
Previous Award Winners
Ellos Gritan Libertad (They Scream Freedom)
After many long years of food shortages, dilapidated buildings, increasing wealth gaps, and strictly suppressed political unrest, Cuba has reached a boiling point. Thousands have taken to the streets in an unprecedented eruption of protest, crying out for their basic human right to freedom.
Jazz in China
“Jazz in China: The Documentary” chronicles the 100-year story of how jazz—a democratic form of music through improvisation—exists and thrives in China—a country with a long tradition of adherence to central authority.
Foot Steps on the Wind
Footsteps in the Wind is an animated short film to Sting’s song “Inshallah.” Based on the harsh and intense reality of refugees around the world, this film is a narrative journey told through the eyes of children who never give up on their dreams.
Boxed is a documentary by Wanjiru Njendu based on the true story of an enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom in Philadelphia in 1849.