Doc pays homage to political cartoonists around the world

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‘Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy’ examines the work of 12 political cartoonists from around the world, who often put their lives at risk to defend democracy.

The film was premiered in the Special Screenings section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Its director Stephanie Valloatto explains why she made it: “The idea was to show the state of democracy and freedom of expression around the world and we chose cartoonists from each continent, we chose themes – economics, politics, and religion to make links between them.”

Among the cartoonists featured in the film is the Dane Kurt Westergaard, who survived repeated murder attempts as a result of drawing cartoons of Mohammed, and Tunisian Nadia Khiari, whose pen name is Willis. Her work mainly denounces those who have stemmed the revolutionary tide in Tunisia for religious reason or because of their support for the reigning patriarchy.

Chosing such a path has its cost. Russian cartoonist Mikhail Zlatkovsky has been banned fr


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