April 16, 2013 — OnVideo.org announced “A Whisper to a Roar’s” DVD release.
“Democracy begins to break out in five far-flung countries that have suffered for generations under dictatorship and authoritarianism — and it’s all recorded as it happened in this powerful and eye-opening documentary. Focuses on the recent and ongoing struggles for democracy in Egypt (the Arab Spring), Malaysia, Ukraine (the Orange Revolution), Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Directed by Ben Moses (creator and co-producer of “Good Morning, Vietnam”) and narrated by Alfred Molina.”
April 15, 2013 — Huffington Post World blog about the film’s release by Deborah Stambler
“It speaks to people who come from or live in other countries that are engaged in similar circumstances where they’re trying to get to democracy or they’ve got democracy but it’s insecure.”
“The very first question Moses was asked after the screening was ‘How do we fix it?’
I said that you’re asking an American filmmaker how to solve your political problems. I’m not the one you should be asking. But it hurt in a way because they’re so desperate to make things better. They feel like the Orange Revolution that they fought for 9 years ago has failed. I said that I don’t think it failed at all.'”
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.”
February 5, 2013 — Christy Oldham from Movie Reviews and More sat down to interview director Ben Moses just before the Palm Springs International Film Fest in early January.
February 1, 2013 — A wonderful blog post and review from Kristin on her blog “Candy Sandwich.
January 31, 2013 — The Harvard Kennedy School’s article covering their Jan. 28 screening of A Whisper to a Roar.
January 29, 2013 — The Boston Globe’s article about A Whisper to a Roar’s screening at the Harvard Kennedy School.
January 28, 2013 — The Boston Herald’s preview of Esraa Abdel Fattah’s appearance at the Harvard Kennedy School screening.