Democracy is in crisis. A new generation of elected leaders is dismantling freedom and democracy, as we know it.
Filmed over three years in five countries, FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF is an epic investigation into this new regime of illiberal democracy. From the young students of Hong Kong, to a rapper in post-Arab Spring Tunisia and the viral comedians of Bollywood, we discover how people from every corner of the globe are fighting the same struggle. They are fighting against elected leaders who trample on human rights, minorities, and their political opponents.
Donald J. Trump is the latest and perhaps most dangerous to assume power.
Philosopher Isaiah Berlin warned against this political hijacking long ago, “freedom for the wolves has often meant death for the sheep.”
Now the wolves are on the rise. Can they be defeated?
Rupert Russell is a director working in documentary, web series, commercials and music video. His first feature documentary, Freedom for the Wolf, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017. Filmed in five countries and executive produced by BBC Storyville founder Nick Fraser, it tells the story of the global crisis of democracy from the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong to the failure of Arab Spring in Tunisia to the rise of Donald Trump in America. He is currently working on a series of animated shorts on “How the World Went Mad” for the online documentary streaming platform Yaddo. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Little White Lies, Dangerous Minds, State of the Arts, USA Today, Mashable, Exposed Magazine, and Backseat Mafia.
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