The Adam Carolla–Dennis Prager starring documentary No Safe Spaces, focusing on the free speech debate and “cancel culture,” secured home video release by Mill Creek Entertainment on Sept. 15 and international release in Latin America by MGM.
The project, directed by Justin Folk and produced by Mark Joseph, lands right in the midst of heated debate over the boundaries of free speech and the extent to which backlash chills discourse. Earlier this week, Bari Weiss, staff editor and writer for The New York Times opinion section, resigned and posted an open letter decrying “constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views.” But the issue also has inspired a debate over the debate, as President Donald Trump has seized on “cancel culture” as a campaign rallying cry and others have argued that there is a need for context.
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No Safe Spaces got a theatrical release last year and earned $1.3 million air the box office. Premiere Entertainment will release it in the rest of the world.
Mill Creek’s Robert Zakheim said in a statement, “Free speech is a cornerstone of our democracy and we feel it’s important to join into the conversation about it.”
The film also features a roundtable of comedians at The Laugh Factory, including Tim Allen, discussing comedy and the backlash to humor that offends or crosses boundaries. The movie also follows Prager as he testifies before the U.S. Senate, and Carolla before the House of Representatives. Also appearing are Van Jones, Jordan Peterson, Alan Dershowitz, Ben Shapiro, Cornel West and Dave Rubin.
Carolla said in a statement, “So much of this film was done based on the idea that we all have the freedom to speak our minds and to say what we want, but I learned that isn’t the case.”
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