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by Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian


Starting with the thoughts of political theorist Hannah Arendt, Ben Hayoun-Stépanian (founder of the University of the Underground) travels the world to meet a variety of people and organizations including Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield at the time, Pussy Riot activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, philosophers, alternative schools and many more. She ponders on the ownership and plurality of our thoughts, and the means by which freedom of learning and innovative education can exist in contemporary times. The result is a joyful potpourri of ideas and alternative thinking, propelled by a thrilling soundtrack of Ethiopian hip hop. Asserting that the need for change has never been more urgent, I Am (Not) a Monster is an ambitious yet accessible activist outcry: 'knowledge is power'.

international title: I Am (Not) a Monster
original title: I Am (Not) a Monster
country: United Kingdom
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian
film run: 98'
screenplay: Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian
cinematography by: Fiona Braillon
film editing: David Potter
producer: Monika Baran, Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, Chloe McClellan
executive producer: Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, Christopher Hird
production: I am not a monster, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios
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