That the film remains relevant almost a year after its premiere supports one of the talking heads’ observation that cartoonists often act as cultural barometers. They sniff something in the air and anticipate the political landscape, and they use their drawings in turn to provoke feelings and thought about the global political landscape. Cartoonists: Footsoldiers of Democracy captures the global role of the cartoonist as director Stéphanie Valloatto interviews a dozen satirical cartoonists in twelve countries to find a universal ideal within their drawings. Each artist has a story to tell about the value of free speech and the consequent threats to personal liberty and security that come with voicing truths through humorous images.
Rating: ★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
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