Award Winners

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival celebrates the passionate innovations of independent filmmakers, and champions the ideas, perspectives and voices that prove vital to the future of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

Free Speech Award Winner 2023 - Ellos Gritan Libertad

Ellos Gritan Libertad (They Scream Freedom)


After many long years of food shortages, dilapidated buildings, increasing wealth gaps, and strictly suppressed political unrest, Cuba has reached a boiling point. Thousands have taken to the streets in an unprecedented eruption of protest, crying out for their basic human right to freedom.

Ellos Gritan Libertad is a wake-up call for the world, dispelling the grand illusions spun by the Cuban government with the voices of the Cuban people themselves. Voices that have been silenced for too long, that now cry ‘Patria y Vida!’ (Homeland and Life). This humanitarian film seeks to convey the experience of the Cuban people through their own personal stories and through the arts; from poetry to music.

Jazz in China

Jazz in China


“Jazz in China: The Documentary” chronicles the 100-year story of how jazz—a democratic form of music through improvisation—exists and thrives in China—a country with a long tradition of adherence to central authority.

Footsteps on the Winds, Free Speech Film Festival 2021 Official Selection

Footsteps on the Wind


Footsteps in the Wind is an animated short film to Sting’s song “Inshallah.” Based on the harsh and intense reality of refugees around the world, this film is a narrative journey told through the eyes of children who never give up on their dreams.

Boxed, a documentary by Wanjiru Njendu



A documentary by Wanjiru Njendu based on the true story of an enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom in Philadelphia in 1849.

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote


Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, the documentary by Robert Greenwald weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election.



A movement of mobilization, Team ENOUGH encourages young people to change the gun violence landscape in America by engaging them in conversation and action.

Free Speech Fear Free

Free Speech Fear Free


Free Speech Fear Free examines the lurking threat of surveillance while asking the question, “What is the meaning of free speech, and how does it affect us as individuals and as human beings.”

I Will Not Be Silenced

I Will Not Be Silenced


Chronicling a journalist’s seven-year battle for justice and capturing the stories of women finding their own strength to fight back, I Will Not Be Silenced exposes and challenges the system which strived to keep Kenyan women powerless.

Honor Diaries

Honor Diaries


Engaging the global community in a dialogue about gender equality, Honor Diaries breaks the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls.


Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview


Exploring the depths of the current human condition, Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview urges viewers to challenge their own assumptions about who we are and why we do the things we do.

Free China

Free China: The Courage to Believe


Sharing a story of courage and freedom, Free China: The Courage to Believe exposes profound abuses of religious and human rights in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world.