Guest post by Kelly Millspaugh
Addicted to coffee and discovering new music. I prefer cold weather and speak sarcasm fluently.
I will be the first person to admit that I don’t know much about Tunisia. I watched this documentary not knowing that they recently overthrew their president and were having their first free elections ever. As an American, I have never lived under the rule of a dictator or a corrupt leader. My parents, and their parents haven’t either. You may disagree with our president and government but the point is that you are allowed to disagree and voice your opinion. Living in a developed country is a privilege that we seem to take for granted in the United States. That is why stories like this are so important for us to see and experience from a first person point of view.
The people of Tunisia know what it is like to have their freedoms limited and even though their corrupt leader was overthrown, they have a long way to go. The people have a strong distrust of any politicians; they fear they will end up right back where they were under the rule of Ben Ali. This distrust has led some of the people to be apathetic and disengaged. Others have been led to rally, protest, and even become violent in support of their causes. The causes of various groups in Tunisia include education, women’s rights, and religious freedom.
A COMMON ENEMY tells the story of Tunisians who are pounding the pavement trying to convince their fellow man and woman to go out and vote in the coming free election. It is amazing to watch people fight for what they believe in with such fervor and persistence. The people of Tunisia are a good example of fighting for freedom for all of us but especially for the other Arab countries in their area.
I would recommend this documentary for anyone who, like myself, didn’t know much about Tunisia, but also to anyone interested in seeing the power that people can have in the face of corruption.
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