Video of Roy’s “Come September” speech

16 May 2007 at 9:31 am | Posted in Arundhati Roy, News, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

Trawling through the vast expanse of cyberspace, I came across a video based on one of Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s speeches (trailer below).

More like a music video than a documentary, We, is a fast-paced hour-long visual treatment of Roy’s Come September speech. Come September was the title of Roy’s acceptance speech given on 18 September 2002 on receiving the 2002 Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom.

In her speech, the 2004 Sydney Peace Prize winner spoke on timely issues such as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest. 5 years may have since past, but Roy’s poetic articulation of the state of the world remains poignantly relevant.

The video first made its appearance on the internet in 2006. The film-maker was a New Zealander who went by the name, “annon”. In an interview with a blogger, annon outlined the inspiration and motivation for the film.

The entire film is available for viewing and downloading through its website.

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