Taking Liberties (2007)
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Filmmaker Chris Atkins uses his documentary Taking Liberties to make a case for the erosion of civil liberties in the administration of prime minister Tony Blair. Atkins uses a combination of archival and interview footage to reveals a series of heinous injustices carried out against British citizens, from unlawful imprisonment, to outrageous terrorism accusations, to punishment by torture and outlawed protests. Highlights include Jack Straw's negotiations with the United States that yielded an
Jun 8, 2007 Wide
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'Taking Liberties' seems designed as a campaign aid and intended - in its careful exclusion of over-heated or passionate voices - as a putative appeal to slumbering Middle England.
"The most important film of the decade", this calls itself, though "most self-righteous" might be closer to the truth.
We are the checks and balances on government, and while a slightly more restrained, finessed film may have carried that message more effectively, Taking Liberties will inspire many viewers to reconsider their responsibilities and those of their government
Speaking out against the proposed identity card scheme, Taking Liberties is both a call to action and a warning against a future where the current restrictions escalate into a Big Brother society.
The film plays like an absurdist drama set in a state that more closely resembles Zimbabwe than the home of freedom. Watch it and get angry
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