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DVDSnapshot Review

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.”

The Denton Record-Chronicle’s DVD Announcement

April 21, 2013 — The Denton Record-Chronicle’s (Texas) announcement of the DVD release.


“This compilation documentary takes existing footage, whether in the form of newsreels or recent phone or Internet clips, and assembles a portrait of five countries that have suffered or continue to suffer under some sort of authoritarian control: Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. The film also examines and how the countries built counter-activities against its dictators. Filmmaker Ben Moses also scored some impressive interviews with many involved, including former leaders of Ukraine and Malaysia, opposition leaders of Zimbabwe, as well as two pivotal Egyptian figures in the rebellion against Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The interviews lend insight into the familiar footage, which is still harrowing.”

Movie City News’ DVD Release Announcement

April 18, 2013 — Movie City News’ announces the release of “A Whisper to a Roar.” 


“At a time when only 57.5 percent of all eligible voters bothered to submit a ballot in one of the most contentious presidential races in American history, people around the world were putting their lives on the line for the privilege of standing in long lines to vote. Typically, when given the opportunity to participate in elections that aren’t rigged from the start, people recently freed from tyranny wouldn’t think of not exercising their right to make their preferences known. Even so, several prominent democracies have instituted compulsory voting as a way to trump apathy and lethargy. (In Chicago, it’s widely believed that dead people vote early and often in some precincts.) Ben Moses’ occasionally disturbing, if ultimately inspirational documentary, “A Whisper to a Roar,” doesn’t soft-peddle the dangers of challenging the status quo in countries where sham elections and corruption are standard operating procedure. In the Ukraine, we listen to former president Viktor Yushchenko describe the experience of being poisoned with dioxin for daring to challenge the entrenched incumbent. Oliver Stone and Sean Penn may have thought Hugo Chavez was the bee’s knees, but Moses was able to document the abuses that followed his evolution from reformer to despot. The documentary also takes us to Zimbabwe, Malaysia and pre-Arab Spring Egypt. The segments are interwoven to demonstrate how pro-democracy movements around the world are similar to each other, while taking into account the cultural and political peculiarities that make them unique. What the film doesn’t do is suggest that, once established, democracies will endure against the many threats to freedom.”

The Anderson Vision’s DVD Release Announcement

April 16, 2013 — The Anderson Vision’s announcement of “A Whisper to a Roar’s” DVD release.


“Ben Moses does an excellent job of showing us how the world can change through direct action. There’s nothing as thrilling as seeing ordinary people come together against a common enemy. However, I don’t feel that we got enough background on their causes. Too often modern culture rushes to support any underdog without realizing what they’re about. Such is the case with Syria and the complicated matter as to how we should best support them. While staging the documentary across such a wide tapestry might’ve split focus, it does show common bonds appear across the world. Life sucks through most of the second and third world, this examination gives you a chance to realize how lucky you are to be in the first. Still, it’s a drop in the bucket. I can see this documentary getting teenagers and young people interested in global response, but what next? I can’t ever escape such feelings after checking out these docs. The DVD comes with extended interviews and a trailer. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for standard definition. However, there are minor moments of digital noise. The Dolby track supports the dialogue and that’s all that matters for an important documentary like this. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.”