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basically summarizes the film and sort of agrees with dole's characterizations of certain aspects of the film being false there is a paragraph in here that is for starting point where he compares. to a world war two era. the classic example i will give here with relevance to the film dramatically and he's talking about your film goes back decades to the nazi era anti-semitic film. the internal jew so what he's doing here is he's equating your film to a propaganda piece that was trying to essentially justify the massacre of jews to go out in a list somebody and say we'll give you a script of what to say and will pay you to say it and we want to pay you in particular because you might be somebody known to be on the side of filmmakers so it'll be meaningful that you're turning against one of your own you know is is is really disappointing.
money talks. the internet it seems. i found out the dole had both my name on google whenever you googled my name. would follow. even our own movie trailer would have a doling. aggressive comments appeared in a commentary tract after online articles. falls grassroots on the internet. there is no question it's cool that people at the moment in strategic communications are using false identities in the virtual space to raise awareness of the shoes. if you put thirty people in a room who are paid to pretend to be brand because now that's essentially what will people are talking about with this kind of false grassroots campaigning which is
and strict and that's illegal. yeah but of course they are. no question strategic communications have a stream of people they're hiring who want from traditional p.r. backgrounds and that includes former members of the security services for members of psychological operations former members of essential behavioral change industries that clearly up until recently were fairly covert as a consequence now the lines of service offering are getting a bit blurred because these people coming in with nontraditional approaches. so for example you might look at someone you're trying to supposedly take down smear whatever it maybe by looking at the way in which you could put fishes between themselves and their support structure. one of the ways they
may have assessed your battle worthiness your your ability to sustain the fight would be to look at your finances another one would be to look. where you are with your life for the moment i mean are you an alcoholic are you suffering from stress . you've got to look at the individual that's coming against you are there masses of skeletons in the closet have you done this before with that involve perhaps the services of a private investigator something phone hacking e-mail reading it happens people buy and sell those kind of services all over the world when you've got hundreds of million dollar industry that needs to protect its reputation. a few million being spent on a a on. campaign to do just that is probably good good money well spent. and you could say that was based on facts is further proof that i understand your
finances. just for. i think you being a little bit naive if you think that you can take a poll at a big multinational. and expect to walk away without some sort of funny tunes i want to say i'm not credited with doling anywhere but i do object to that antics of publicity have the filmmakers like gert they spend millions on their brand every year and you're going to come in and start selling their brand and start attacking their brand what did you think was going to happen to you as a producer or ever do to the troops. that day the letter was addressed to me but that mean that i get the tragic news
then and the horde asked for the hatred was aimed at him. while i was mainly to be p.t.s. since a obviously was misguided it too. late and if you stop working with him everything will work out well for you. frederick urged me to pull out said he would weather this on his own. home. still photo could look myself in there i did that him but i just couldn't do it we made this film together and will see it through this together at some. lincoln is there something in it that you would think looks really dangerous or something you didn't expect though so no no in fact if you read out was really just a rehash by really not much more. we decided to fight back with counter sue dole and file a motion arguing that dole and used the weight of
a lawsuit to suppress our freedom of speech. and now we want the judge to rule in our favor as soon as possible. just a few days later i found a blog on the internet and it was a local blogger who had followed our case and he was writing about what happened when he ordered food cited at a hamburger restaurant. i run a blog not for profit and use it well i don't have any commercial sponsors. but. i'm interested in politics that sold me. about the time when there was such a hoopla about bananas this friend and i were out shopping like the nerds we make if we went to all these electronics in computer stores then we decided to go get something to eat. and settled on
a max. swedish in the neighborhood is a good to know i went for a fruit salad instead of fries. and when they handed it to me i noticed the dull logo. and my gut reaction was what the hell. i told the girl at the counter i don't know what this. meant as the food that i took a picture of it when i got back home i wrote to max hamburgers. asking them why with a clear cut grain profile of why this is something that was at that point in time as controversial as dull products. he made reference to the film and the lawsuits i wasn't aware of any controversy. so i looked into it on the internet. and then told my marketing staff to investigate the matter. i actually received e-mails from
other guests while i was doing my search people who had the same opinion. we studied the matter and it made us feel uncomfortable. we asked dole for an explanation but the swedish office referred to the us office they never got back to us so we decided to stop selling the product effective immediately after that. i got an answer from the public relations manager at max he told me they had spoken to dull it was a woman and had decided to discontinue the collaboration post of their reply on my blog along with an image and. then all hell broke loose. the big newspapers hated that and suddenly we went from the cultural pages of the newspaper to the business pages and that's what
a power it's. done in my local cheese shop i bumped into lucy our newest to do you and member of parliament he had read about our struggle and he asked if you could help me i said yes it would be great if we could show this film in the problem. is a social democrat so i decided to also called an m.p. from a conservative government party and i asked him the same question. was taken out of competition invited all threatened to see the film festival the film was screened anyway and in july he and his company were served with a lawsuit. now the film has come to the attention of the swedish parliament. do you know why screen this film in the parliament. fundamentally it's about the right of filmmakers to describe events. this is
a means of showing our support of these rights so it's about freedom of speech exactly as finance and politics go global freedom of speech needs to follow suit the right to express your beliefs and to describe the course of events just picture if they are successful. what a devastating impact it would have on our future if filmmakers or journalists are no longer able to document events what about accountability in society. i mean this was when my social democrat callie as to do a little walk and i was looking at options one same very obvious to us a film that risked distribution bad must be shown that makes them think that the critical i appreciate your coming. from a traitor since so we meet again this is margaret the producer she's being sued to . me there's
a saying movies are better at the movies but screening our film for parliament is certainly fantastic. and i'm incredibly proud. i sincerely hope this signal will make its way from sweden to drive in westlake los angeles but one. of the thing about freedom of speech is that to everyone even the bad guys. and even the people who want to abolish it. do you think your argument about turkey being bad prodigious examples of muslim democracy that was able to separate the it's really engine from its economy still can be applied to these day that's a serious point when i spoke about in the book was how ways gokey head down from being a complete basket case and make it go away with hyper inflation and very valid diagonal
with the tide so it seems so much economic success and i think that was greed but the problem there is of course they do want to be needed they his attitude has changed he now has become much more to talk to. any criticism and more bad annoyed . so the bank of england if you open up the walls. you won't see gold you won't see silver you want even to see bitcoin what you'll see are mountains and mountains and mountains of garbage and trash and gutter oil and dead bodies and mervin kings dresses that he's aware of what he was not seen governing the bank of england before an old guys from the old victorian era stacked up like firewood rotting and that's the collateral that is the doctor saying the real estate speculation which
and we'll keep on slashing at them with our machetes because we've hit them hard and they're bleeding. i'm preparing the next machete which will be sharper and bigger. i hope that a great deal of people will join our appeal today. we have a petition that we intend to send to. requesting them to withdraw. when we screened the film into parliament with support from every party. every
parliamentarian signed a petition to request gold to withdraw the lawsuit. the worst case scenario is that this is on the rise worldwide that governments companies and individuals taking their critics to course we don't want to see that in sweden p.r. people in washington d.c. could be even more active and began writing letters and e-mails and calling every swedish journalist that interviewed me. also letters to the m.p.'s they said. i would have been more impressed if they're taken a real stand. by actually discussing the issues at hand feeling. at first people got scared and provoked by these letters but when they realized that many of her colleagues had received the same treatment the atmosphere changed . it was becoming. that letter may i have
a copy. he wrote that michael carter from. and for that came with medics a few days ago they write that they're very pro free speech and the rest of the letter is a defamation of frederick guess and. then our body there is been abuzz since early spring i think now the fillmore finally opened it. for being a documentary there are lots of copies being distributed so it has the potential to reach a wide audience. it's like a hollywood thurlow or worth all the lawyers like philadelphia before but for some it's a brilliant fill. one week after the screening to parliament we opened in theaters all over sweden and
the support is amazing we have no idea how dole will react but this is really our moment and we are enjoying it. the most frequent text message sent here tonight says. congratulations keep on fighting one color car and asked if your film will be shown in the us the very thing that we don't know we do know that we will not allow dole to intimidate us what's the worst case scenario. i decided early on to not waste too much energy dwelling on the bad things that could happen i think that's exactly what they want it's better to show the film get out and meet all of you. that will send a message from all of us what the hell are you doing.
suddenly a lot of people would talk. about how the banana workers were treated and about freedom of speech. in supermarkets all over the country people started to tell the managers we don't want. in the supermarkets the most sold and most profitable i. saw the big supermarket chains crisis me they could feel the heat. if about that we keep up with the latest discussions with the bar and the debate reached a higher level due to the lawsuit in july. so europe to come and see us so we could tell them about the massive wave of public opinion in sweden and that we cannot tolerate legal action like this.
finally the pressure was on dole not on me. to get on with my new political friends we had invited the biggest supermarket chains in the country to meeting in the parliament. two hours before the meeting journalists started to call dole that would draw on the lawsuit in the me and the rather surprisingly doll announced today that they will withdraw their lawsuit against frederick garrett and get a little debacle it's fantastic news. even though we're a small company in sweden and dole is a us based multinational corporation and we have been able to stand up for what is right and you know there's a god obviously it's great if they withdraw the lawsuit but we haven't heard from our lawyers here. it's a press release we don't know what this means in court so had met the night when we called joel this is what we heard. more.
reactions and the strong concerns in sweden really moved us so it was important for us to to let people understand that we also respect the freedom of speech and that's a way for us to show which. it's pretty inspiring to see the. support i mean i really doubt it would happen in canada it was heartening to see that happen from afar and frustrating to know that if we can only make that happen here maybe something would change. the film director.
a definitive ruling. taking plea it meant they could sue us again. this threat meant that no insurance company would cover the us distribution. only to get the film out in the us to win over in court. and this morning. was a disappointment sensually continued hearing. until twenty four what this really is accomplishing the objective. speech even winning in this case would not be over very very long.
our legal system. today. recorded in june good counsel two and we have no been in this for more than a year. late august i received a new letter from my to conjure a dog asking us to draw up a record. he's ready to come to sweden negotiate a settlement if i only make some cuts to the movie these guys never stop even if they know they're wrong they never stop. two months later i'm on my way to film festival. later today. in court in los angeles. this is the moment we've been waiting for.
i was very excited i was i was i was very. exacting the way i wanted it. it was it was right off me. everything a perfectly. wants. more and. that's basically argument which was there were a couple of times in the area where it was kind of questionings. like what are you talking about anyway so i don't want. her.
i didn't think i would be able to read a legal document with a smile. but this is a total win for us. people going to schools. now our film is free also in the us. but you never know with these kinds. i would turn to nicaragua to show the film to the workers. told invested millions in lawyers and media spin to suppress this story. stories like this one
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