by Mike Masnick
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 4:00pm
A year ago, we wrote about filmmaker Brian Knappenberger's efforts to put together a documentary about Aaron Swartz. It wasn't going to be a "memorial," but rather an "investigative documentary" into Swartz's story and the lawsuit against him. Earlier this year, a very rough cut of the film made it to Sundance, where it received a tremendous reaction. In January, Knappenberger also put together some clips for a short trailer including some of Swartz's comments about the NSA, to help highlight "The Day We Fight Back." Now the film is finally getting close to an actual release, and a very powerful trailer has been released.
With so much going on in the world on a variety of issues that Aaron cared so deeply about, just this trailer should remind everyone how much the world has lost, and how much we're missing without Aaron around to help on these issues any more. Though, with that sadness, hopefully it also inspires more people to step up and help out -- whether it's copyright, corruption, surveillance, access to knowledge, net neutrality or anything else, the world needs the kind of help that Aaron provided for years. But now people have to figure out how to do it without him.
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