“The Libel Tourist” is a short-form documentary produced by the Moving Picture Institute, whose short films program allows young filmmakers to display their skills while also positively impacting human freedom.
This 8-minute film short addresses one of the gravest subjects of contemporary political life. Here, viewers witness the story of a chilling threat: how Saudi petrodollars have cowed, silenced, and nearly broken free speech in the West.
The film documents the true story of U.S. citizen Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, whom the U.K. High Court ordered to destroy all copies of her book—although it was never published in England—after a notoriously litigious Saudi billionaire sued her there. She refused.
Ehrenfeld’s Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed — and How to Stop It accuses the Saudi billionaire of funding of terrorism.
As I wrote in “Libel Wars” several months before Ehrenfeld invited me to join her American Center for Democracy as a Senior Fellow, she is counter-suing him in New York, to defend the First Amendment for herself—and for America. In “The Libel Tourist” (available here in English and Arabic), she speaks of this issue, the first time on film.
“This film is an eye-opening exposees,” says film director Jared Lapidus. “It deals directly with the issues of terrorism, Islamo-fascism, and how it is infringing on our rights in the West, and the U.S. in particular.”
Directed, Produced, & Edited: Jared Lapidus
Executive Producers: Thor Halvorssen, Rob Pfaltzgraff
Written by: Jared Lapidus, Sheldon Lapidus
Written by (Concept): Thor Halvorssen
Music by: Allan Fox
Narrated by: Dave Benson
Production Coordinator: Marina Lyaunzon
Copy Writer: Celia Farber
Graphic Design: Chandler Tuttle
Production Assistant: Shawn Kittelsen
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