weroy.org is a site created for the free documentary, We. Visit the film section of the site for more information about it.
About The Film
"This is an unusual kind of underground production. An anonymous sympathiser has edited a video recording of Roy’s speech over 64 minutes, interspersing an impressive array of archival footage to illustrate themes and specific historical events. Contemporary music overlaid throughout the piece shifts the mood and quickens the pace. The result is a visual essay rather than a traditional documentary, perfectly suited to its creator’s intentions, which is to spread the anti-imperialist, social justice politics of Arundhati Roy everywhere."
"We" is a free documentary produced by an anonymous producer in New Zealand. He goes by the name “anon”. It was released for free on the Internet and first appeared at an Australian web site called resist.com.au.
Geoff, the webmaster of resist.com.au, says he received the film anonymously in the mail one day with a simple note that read:
Feel free to pass this on to others who you know will be interested in its relatively unique content and perspectives (either by copying this DVD, dubbing to VHS, by dissemination through internet download, holding private screenings etc). Using the technology of this information age you have the freedom to be as imaginative as you like in the different ways which you can choose to make this accessible to others.
After seeing the film, we felt it was very important, cool, and overall just fantastic piece of work. So a couple months ago, weroy.org was created to assist the efforts that others put forth in getting this free documentary seen by the citizens of the world.
November 2006 Update - We got a Q&A with "anon"! We'd like to thank him for taking the time to answer some questions and being so open. If you'd like to know more about the film and its creation, check out the interview!
Ms. Roy has been acclaimed for her courage and her eloquence. Her writing has been described as "a banquet for the senses" by Newsweek. She has found a readership among fiction enthusiasts and political activists. Please support Ms. Roy by purchasing her publications! For Ms. Roy: If you're reading this (or if you're someone who knows her) please get in touch. We'd love to know your personal opinion of this documentary.
A lot of feedback about the film consisted of “wow, what song is that?” In response, a list was added to the site listing much of the music that could be indentified. If you enjoy the music, visit your local music store or favorite digital music site like iTunes.com to purchase the individual songs and support the artists.
"We" is mainly distributed for free on the internet. The majority of viewers catch it at popular video sharing sites like YouTube and Google Video. The DVD-R available here was created for those who wanted a TV quality copy of the film and a disc with a nice menu system. It is not available for commercial resale or distribution, and there are no plans to mass-produce the disc. Quite frankly none of the sites promoting this film have the funds to do so. We’re under the impression that “anon” intended this to be a simple non-profit/educational grassroots project, directed at the younger people of the world who may not be interested in speakers like Ms. Roy (and the topics she discusses) unless “cool” music/visuals accompany it.
Each DVD-R disc produced by weroy.org is burned, labeled and mailed by hand with supplies purchased from Staples (ink, labels, DVD case, etc), thanks to your donations.
Anything that is left from those donations goes to our involvement with Kiva, a wonderful organization that allows anyone to directly help those in need.
How can I help and be a part of something cool?
Tell all your friends about thie film and this site. Burn your own discs and pass them out. There are lots of ways to help. Visit the share it section of the site for more information.