April 29, 2013 — JustPressPlay’s Lee Jutton reviews “A Whisper to a Roar.”
“Yet even when chronicling such unfairness, the film manages to incite hope in the viewer by providing an inspiring look at the kinds of changes that people can bring about in their governments when they refuse to be silenced about injustice.”
April 25, 2013 — DVDSnapshot’s review of the film.
“Part of what makes A Whisper to a Roar so impactful is it’s ability to portray how in 5 cases spanning different countries/governments can have good intentions on making positive changes, but that leaders who emerge are often drunk with power.”
“A Whisper to a Roar isn’t all doom and gloom; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s really about how non-violent political movements can enact change and how citizens ultimately fight adversity to restore democracy in their country. For anyone interested in political movements abroad, this documentary is worth a viewing.”
April 14, 2013 — Billy O’Keefe’s DVD release announcement for the McClatchy Tribune.
“A feature film isn’t the best medium through which to present five instances around the world — Egypt, Ukraine, Venezuela, Malaysia and Zimbabwe — of oppressed citizens finally having enough and striking back against their governments. But as a primer or some kind of democracy-in-action starter pack, “A Whisper to a Roar” pretty much gets it perfectly right. “Roar” cycles periodically between countries as if to present five smaller three-act films at once, with each scenario getting a who’s who and what’s what before the film returns later to dig deeper and present each populace’s discontent in more personal detail. If that doesn’t sound dry on paper, it certainly sounds repetitive. But tedium never stands a chance against “Roar’s” storytelling approach, which mixes the empirical and personal so thoroughly as to make them one. These aren’t current events lessons so much as stories about what’s going on out there, and while “Roar” leaves most of the talking to others — there’s no narrator, only the occasional text blurb providing context — it takes special care to give faces to every name on both sides of authority. The real stories begin where this ends, because the best way to follow a revolution in 2013 is live and from the mouths and keyboards of those on the ground as things unfold. But for those who need a crash course first, “Roar” is as productive a 90-minute class as you’re likely to find.”
October 25, 2012 The American Humanist Review by Meghan Hamilton
“The film moves quickly and packs an abundance of information into its 95 minutes with powerful, at times difficult to witness, footage and photographs. This is an inspiring documentary that will undoubtedly leave you eager to affect change.”
“…seeing this film made me realize: Yes, our system is flawed. No, I’m not always sure whom to believe. But I still want to be part of this. I want to be part of this messy, frustrating system and be active in my community.”
“The story A Whisper To A Roar tells is far from easy. The material is complex and timely, and the uncertainty, violence and constantly shifting political situations make the filmmaker’s task a daunting one. Moses handles the difficult material adroitly and though parts of the film are difficult to watch due to violence, what shines through is a core belief that people will go to great lengths to make their voices heard.”
October 22, 2012 – Shockya Review by Brent Simon
“…“A Whisper to a Roar” is a powerful documentary that ties together the heroic and ongoing efforts of democracy activists in five countries, and reaffirms the human spirit’s innate desire for freedom.”
“Emotionally engaging and impactful, “A Whisper to a Roar” is a well put together look at the yearning and universal nature of values we too frequently ascribe as uniquely American.”
“A Whisper to a Roar” is a vivid documentary with unusual access to the key players in the geopolitical dramas it recounts.
“…trenchant, polished interviews lend a firsthand immediacy to a whirlwind tour of supposed democracies and bold resistance.”
“This deft digest from the director Ben Moses is by turns shocking and inspiring as we witness both the brutal abuse of power and life-endangering dissent.”
“The footage plucked from archives — crowds, interview face-offs, heads of states grandstanding — can be electric.”