In my film, I chose to focus on the effects of censorship in schools. It shows how today the subject of free speech is approached as a series of questions concerning the present and the future. Technically, there is free speech, but is it free if there are consequences? If things do not change, the only thing that will spread is silence. The majority of the film is solid black with only audio to emulate the virtual darkness that hovers when students constantly have to go through the mental quality-control-check (“Can I say/do this without getting in trouble?”). The speaker talks to “you,” which refers to the authority figure that is the deciding factor on what is or is not right—every school has one. This idea stood out to me because a lot of students feel like they are bowing down to some figurehead, and this film leads the audience (students) to think before just assuming the authority figure is always right about everything. The audience can become one with the speaker, thus realizing that no one is alone. At the end, when I say “the silence is blinding,” I am implying that silence is both overwhelming and misleading, but the meaning is ultimately up to the interpretation of the audience.
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