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Movies about Freedom of Speech everyone must watch

Oct 26, 2014 · 3 min read

Movies about Freedom of Speech everyone must watch

At NordVPN, we strongly believe in freedom of speech. We get inspired to fight censorship online from world events, our customer stories and of course – movies.

We encourage you to get inspired and start making a difference on topics that matter to you.

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Here is the list of movies that our staff picked as their favourite sources of inspiration to confront online censorship, surveillance and restrictions to freedom of speech.  

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

A biopic story of Hustler magazine’s creator Larry Flynt and his fight against the heavy censorship he had to endure during his career as pornography publisher. 

The focus of this controversial film is on defending the First Amendment Rights of the American Constitution and the right to freedom of expression, as Flynt fights for the right to publish sleazy porn. Ironically a lot of copies of this film are censored.
People vs Larry

The Fifth Estate (2013)

In the age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks changed the game of information flow forever. The docu-drama has been criticized by WikiLeaks, saying that a lot of information is incorrect, which adds to the controversy surrounding the internet upstart that became a sensation that continues to challenge those in power and gives a voice to whistleblowers. Watching this film with a critical eye, and see how certain biases can shape public opinion.


Mediastan (2013)

You can say that Mediastan, is a WikiLeaks answer to the film ‘Fifth Estate’. Written by Julian Assange and Katerina Suvorova, the film shows how mainstream media is unwilling to speak objectively due to various external pressures.


Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past…” – George Orwell, 1984

An adaptation of a literary classic, a dystopian political science fiction novel – George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. The powerful terminology from the novel made it on screen and make a big impact to illustrate the horrors of secret surveillance, deception, and manipulation by totalitarian or authoritarian governments. The film subtly draws you in and serves as a good graphic reminder of possible consequences of surveillance state movement.


Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (2009)

A documentary about the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Detailing how the protection and exercise of free speech has changed and how global politics influences these trends. The film studies a number of free speech cases, many of them post-9/11. With comments from a range of scholars, students and political pundits, “Shouting Fire” presents an interesting insight into of one of the cornerstones of U.S. democracy.
shouting fire

The F Word (2005)

Joe Pace, a radio talk show host whose program, The F Word, is being shut down by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after racking up over $1 million in unpaid indecency fines. On his last day on the air, which coincides with the last day of the 2004 Republican National Convention, Joe sets off to broadcast his own one-man march through Manhattan.
film f word


Let us know what censorship and/or surveillance films inspire you? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Christina Craig
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Christina is a community manager and the heart, the voice and the soul of NordVPN. She is always up for a conversation with our community of users and blog readers.

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