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Better Left Unsaid

“When does the left go too far?”

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Curt Jaimungal

  • PRODUCER Desh Amila

Synopsis

DURATION: 117 MINUTES

To explore political extremism on both the left and the right, and how it relates to our evolutionary psychology. We analyse the issues of what constitutes “going too far on the left” (as well as the right) so that viewers who are being attracted to the extremes may temper their views, and value truthful dialogue as an antidote to the bitterness and arrogance that extreme ideologies accent.

With an initial focus on the left (in order to attract those who wouldn’t ordinarily watch a film like this), we switch gears mid-way and talk about the perils of the “right” as well.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Given that it’s clear what’s associated with extreme right-wing views (white nationalism and racial superiority) are abominable, what’s the ideological line of extremism on the left?

Are the current stated goals of the new Left undermining the straits of the impoverished (such as Indigenous, Black, and female inequality)?

The focus is on the West (Australia, UK, USA, and Canada) where we investigate the tactics of the new Left and propose a new path forward of unity, rather than the divisive nature of identity politics. Issues of mental health, wealth gaps, and barriers to entry are rampant in certain minority groups (Indigenous, blacks, females, and LGBTQ members). This film seeks to identify what hinders and ameliorates these issues, on a psychological and philosophical level, with a positive message of dialogue and agency.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The world is increasingly polarized politically, and the political is now suffused in areas which seemingly have nothing to do with politics (such as art, biology, and even who’s deemed not-worthy of talking to). Given this permeation of extremism has happened before (the 1900’s), how do we prevent such a state from happening again? How do we pursue a message of harmony/solidarity around what's common, instead of emphasizing what’s different, and thus pushing us to a realm where class conflict.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Western society has seen an emergence of anti-intellectualism which challenges the bedrock of modern civilization: dialogue and conversation. Sharing ideas outside of an echo chamber is how progression occurs and society moves forward towards a more discerning and rich world. Better Left Unsaid changes the narrative from simple namecalling to promoting an intellectually sound tolerance of all ideas and puts pressure on the meaning of liberalism in a world of globalization and multiculturalism. The welfare of society lies in the balance and progress is found within dialogue and fearless conversations of hope.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

This film is independently produced with no editorial influence from any external organisation.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

The audience need not agree with any ideologies presented in the film in order to engage and further the conversation. We expect them to react to political news presented in bite-size formats by all media outlets with a bit more scepticism and demand more information before passing judgement. We expect them to pursue better conversations around their peers and family. Ultimately, we expect them to partake in our democracy in a meaningful way.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The impact of a project like this is difficult to measure in dollars and cents. Instead, the impact will be to continue to expand the conversation and reclaim the conversation to ultimately forge a better world. Films open up spaces for conversation and questioning in a way that no other format seems to achieve. In the post-COVID-19 world, online screenings, live questions and answer sessions and social media become beehives of intellectual growth and moral clarity. The ultimate message being that conversation is possible, and indeed necessary for the survival of enlightenment values and democracy itself. We expect to see a global shift in conversation with regards to the subject matter of the film, similar to what we achieved with our last film 'Islam and the Future of Tolerance'

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