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Directed by Barbara Miller

Switzerland 2012 95 mins. In English

Miller’s film features three brave women who—had they not been born in Iran, Cuba, or China—could have led ordinary, peaceful lives. However, for various reasons, they have decided to speak out, standing up to dictatorship. Yoani Sánchez, the first Cuban female blogger, faces persecution and death threats for criticizing the country’s regime. Chinese human rights activist Zeng Jinyan has been under house arrest for four years. Farnaz Seifi was forced to leave her native Iran and blogs under a pseudonym. Seeing their information monopolies erode, their countries’ regimes attempt to censor and silence the voices of these brave women who, via social networking sites, bear witness to life under dictatorship.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.