What Oscar-nominated film ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ tells us about protest rights

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Source: Open Democracy

By Susan Wilding, Head of CIVICUS' Geneva office

The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is up for six Oscars at the Academy Awards, to be announced on 25 April. The film, which dramatises the trial of seven social activists who opposed the Vietnam War, sheds light on key issues about the right to protest. It has particular resonance today – as is shown by the fact it is reportedly one of Netflix’s most-watched movies – when mass mobilisation is increasingly common across the globe.

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