DerekWyatt MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Internet Committee, launched the firstever DVD quality human rights film on theInternet. The documentary film, Russia/Chechnya:Voices of Dissent, produced by Vanessa Redgraveand directed by Carlo Nero, was made in honour of Amnesty International.
OpusMedia is using video-streaming technology with no buffering and no downloading,delivering a DVD quality experience globally, available on-demand with normalbroadband connection. With no copy of the movie saved to the computer, thereare no piracy issues, and a computer's hard drive remains free from large files.
In a "not-for-profit" venture, Opus Media has developed thewebsite, www.voicesofdissent.comso that viewers with broadband connections can watchthe film for £2.00 either on their PC or from PC to TV in full screen, DVD quality. 50p of each subscription will be donated to Amnesty International.
Thefilm, produced by Dissent Projects Ltd, provides an overview of the desperatehuman rights situation in Chechnya and Russia today. It has been screened thismonth at the 8th Amnesty International Film Festival and on March12th at the Geneva Films for Human Rights Festival, FIFDH.
Thechief protagonist in Russia/Chechnya:Voices of Dissent is Vladimir Bukovsky, thecelebrated Soviet dissident whose release from the Soviet psychiatric prisonswas finally secured in 1976 by Amnesty International.
Supported by Tiscali, the film can alsobe accessed via www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/features/voices_of_dissent.html. Richard Ayers, Editor of Tiscali observed, "Tiscalihas pioneered this technology - just two weeks ago we released Michael Winterbottom's Roadto Guantanamo online in a ground-breakingall-format release. What is most exciting is that films aimed at a specific,niche audiences which would not get a general theatrical release now have theopportunity to reach a massive audience."