Free Speech Film Festival

In 2011, American INSIGHT had two goals in mind for its new Free Speech Film Festival: to celebrate the passionate innovations of independent filmmakers, and to champion the ideas, perspectives and voices that prove vital to the future of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

Designed to highlight prominent voices in today’s powerful Human Rights Movement, American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to submit films that present their unique perspectives in the fight against injustice.  These filmmakers are encouraged to use the art of documentary to engage the global community in a deeper conversation about the complexities of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law within society.

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Award recognizes one film among many submissions that best embodies the core principles of free speech and provides insight into how we as global citizens can shape the future of the Human Rights Movement.  The Award-winning film is chosen by people from around the world eager to embrace thought-provoking and extraordinary stories of strength and struggle in this global moment.

At American INSIGHT, we believe it is our responsibility as citizens of the world to preserve the history of this movement for future generations.  By promoting these documentaries, American INSIGHT hopes to celebrate the fresh perspectives and compelling narratives that both amplify the voices of today’s Human Rights Movement and propel the conversation forward.

Free Speech Award Winners

Free Speech Film Festival - Team Enough 2018

2018

Team ENOUGH

A movement of mobilization, Team ENOUGH encourages young people to change the gun violence landscape in America by engaging them in conversation and action.

Free Speech Film Festival - Free Speech Fear Free 2017

2017

Free Speech Fear Free

Free Speech Fear Free examines the lurking threat of surveillance while asking the question, “What is the meaning of free speech, and how does it affect us as individuals and as human beings.”

Free Speech Film Festival - I Will Not Be Silenced 2016

2016

I Will Not Be Silenced

Chronicling a journalist’s seven-year battle for justice and capturing the stories of women finding their own strength to fight back, I Will Not Be Silenced exposes and challenges the system which strived to keep Kenyan women powerless.

Free Speech Film Festival - Honor Diaries 2015

2015

Honor Diaries

Engaging the global community in a dialogue about gender equality, Honor Diaries breaks the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls.

Free Speech Film Festival - Crossroads 2013

2013

Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview

Exploring the depths of the current human condition, Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview urges viewers to challenge their own assumptions about who we are and why we do the things we do.

Free Speech Film Festival - Free China 2012

2012

Free China: The Courage to Believe

Sharing a story of courage and freedom, Free China: The Courage to Believe exposes profound abuses of religious and human rights in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world.