We Will Not Be Silenced
We Will Not Be Silenced is a shocking insight into the Orwellian world of online censorship witnessed up close and personal through the experiences of Brian Rose, founder and host of London Real, who had his 2 million subscriber YouTube channel deplatformed for simply broadcasting interviews that challenged the status quo.
Banned by Silicon Valley’s biggest monopolies, Rose and his millions of supporters defiantly fight back by broadcasting a world record-breaking global livestream, demonstrating the importance of defending our most fundamental right: freedom of speech.
Unfortunately on September 4th 2023, the London Real channel was deleted and permanently banned from YouTube, ending 12 years of free expression without recourse.
We Will Not Be Silenced serves both as a cautionary tale and a beacon of inspiration, ushering in a new generation of self-broadcasting as content creators across the world begin to fight back against Big Tech’s censorship.
Luis SolaratDirectorReconnect, Ironmind
Brian RoseWriterReconnect, Ironmind
Runtime:1 hour 23 minutes
Completion Date:October 3, 2023
Production Budget:250,000 USD
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Country of Filming:United Kingdom
Born in Spain (Galicia, 1986) Luis' audiovisual career has gone through countless phases such as fiction, advertising, documentary and new forms of online content.
As Creative Director of London Real (2015-2020) he has directed more than 6 documentaries all over the the planet generating millions of views on the platform.
In recent years he has dedicated himself to explore the relationship with the nature of the Amazonian people's, condensing his experiences in his project "Dissolution" (2020) and the documentary "BioGnosis" (2021) both awarded with first prizes at the "New York Psychedelic Film and Music Festival" and screened at important international events such as the "Breaking Convention" (London, 2022).
We Will Not Be Silenced confronts the single most important issue of our times: the erosion of our fundamental human right to free speech in the digital world.
This film is more than just a project for me; it's a dedicated mission to illustrate the critical necessity of free expression in an era increasingly dominated by Big Tech Censorship.
The story of Brian Rose and London Real is, in many respects, a modern-day David and Goliath tale.
When their YouTube channel, a hub for free thinkers with over 2 million subscribers, was deplatformed on September 4, 2023, it wasn’t just a blow to a single platform; it symbolised a larger, more disturbing trend in a world ruled by social media corporate behemoths.
This incident underscores a stark new reality: our online spaces, once celebrated as bastions of free expression, are now arenas where voices can be silenced on a whim by tech giants.
In crafting this film, I aimed to capture not just the struggle of London Real but also the resilience and tenacity of those who believe in the sanctity of free speech. The outpouring of support from millions of people across the world and the subsequent groundbreaking livestream event is a testament to what can be achieved when people unite behind a cause.
It’s a powerful display of how collective action can challenge the status quo and create ripples across the globe in defence of a simple idea: the fundamental importance of free speech.
Tackling a broad range of related topics, We Will Not Be Silenced delves into the broader implications of such censorship. As we navigate a digital landscape rife with editorial decisions made behind closed doors, the film highlights the potential dangers of allowing a limited number of unregulated entities to dictate the narrative.
Acting as a wakeup call, urging us to question and scrutinise the power dynamics at play in the digital world, the film also explores the burgeoning movement of self-broadcasting, a ray of hope in the fight against censorship. It showcases how, in the face of suppression, content creators are forging new paths, embracing independence, and finding innovative ways to share their messages.
This shift is not just about creating content; it’s about reclaiming the narrative and ensuring that diverse voices are heard.
As a director, I believe that We Will Not Be Silenced is more than a film; it's a movement. It's about standing up for the right to express ourselves in an age where digital platforms have an unprecedented influence on public discourse.
It's a timely reminder that freedom of speech should not just be a legal right but the very foundation of a vibrant, democratic society. This film invites viewers to reflect on the significance of this right and to join in the crucial endeavour of safeguarding it for future generations.