Had a wonderful time at the Warsaw Film Festival this weekend. Three screenings of Freedom for the Wolf, each with an extensive (hour long!) Question and Answer session. Lively debate about the meaning of freedom, the future of democracy, and how we can all make the world a better place. Really inspiring to be surrounded by so many idealistic people – young and old – who won’t accept the status quo and believe that they can build a better future for themselves and their children.

Excited to announce another festival screening for Freedom for the Wolf, this time at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam. We are a part of their “Best of Fests” line up, a section dedicated to “films that have made an impact on the international festival circuit this year.” The screening dates have not been announced yet, but the festival runs from November 15 to Nov 26 in Amsterdam. IDFA is the world’s biggest documentary film festival so it is a huge honour to be a part of it.

Excited to announce the U.S. premiere of my feature documentary, Freedom for the Wolf, is premiering at the United Nations Associate Film Festival this October. I will be doing the Question and Answer session with Francis Fukuyama after the screening. Here are the details:

Freedom for the Wolf: U.S. Premiere

2:50pm, Saturday, October 28.

Encina Hall, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

“Documentary can also be entertaining, as in Rupert Russell’s Freedom for the Wolf … Russell’s philosophical look at how democracy operates across the globe seems specifically devised to provoke debate in the first instance and activism in the second.” – Little White Lies

Our premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest was a great success. We sold out for both screenings. I had a great in depth discussion about the film in Tudor Square with filmmaker Rajesh Thind. I gave several press interviews for the film, including this extended one for State of the Arts. We got our first reviews in Exposed Magazine and Backseat Mafia. We made the top ten lists of both The Huffington Post and Little White Lies.

 

 

 

Proud to announce that my documentary feature Freedom for the Wolf will be premiering at Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 12, 2017. Also, our Executive Producer, Nick Fraser, formerly of BBC Storyville and now of Yaddo, just won a BAFTA.

FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF, the powerful documentary debut from writer and director Rupert Russell will receive its UK premiere at the 2017 Sheffield International Documentary Festival on 12 June with a second public screening on 13 June.

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I did an interview with Paul Gallagher of DangerousMinds, who also reviewed the film.

The issues of freedom and democracy are at the heart of a new feature-length documentary by writer and director Rupert Russell. His film Freedom for the Wolf is epic in scale—covering events on four continents—finely made, thoughtful and nuanced. It examines how different people across the world—from Tunisian rappers to Indian comedians, from America’s #BlackLivesMatter activists to Hong Kong’s students—are joining the struggle for “the world’s most radical idea—freedom—and how it is transforming the world.”

Rupert Russell has made a highly original and thought-provoking film. It examines the dangerous rise in illiberal democracies which is not just happening in China or Tunisia or India but here in the West in the ‘home of the free and the brave.’

You can read the whole (long!) piece here.

Freedom for the Wolf was featured in the New York Times today:

Ayear has passed since the police fired tear gas on pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, setting off a huge sit-in protest movement that took control of a large portion of the center of the city for more than two months, generating headlines the world over and shocking the Communist Party leaders in Beijing.

The Umbrella Movement, named for the shields that protesters used to defend themselves against tear gas and pepper spray, now belongs to the ages, its meaning and significance to be slowly digested by scholars and filmmakers for years to come.

A new documentary, “Freedom for the Wolf,” set for release next year, brings academia and movie making together, featuring the Hong Kong protests as an essential part of a global struggle against the rise of “illiberal democracy” — what the director, Rupert Russell, who has a doctorate in sociology from Harvard, calls “voting without rights.”

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Coverage of the Uber Lives: LA web series on Mashable today:

Two decades ago, Alireza moved to Los Angeles and began building up a menswear business. Pants, shirts, shoes — all manufactured and sold in the United States. He had loyal customers. He had more than 150 employees. He had a livelihood.

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Uber Lives: LA was a pick of the week in the print edition of USA Today.

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