Long Synopsis


Posted by the listening project on Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

The Listening Project is a documentary feature film that puts a human face to world opinion of the U.S. Filmed in 14 countries, it explores many facets of America’s undeniable global impact on the social, political and economic landscape of the planet. The film is beautifully shot in fascinating locations, following four Americans as they travel and talk with people from a diversity of ethnicities, occupations, ages and religious faiths.

In Khayelitsha South Africa, school teacher Carrie Lennox listens to passionate young people who quote Shakespeare to compare the US with the Roman empire. In wintry Samara Russia, Probation Officer Bob Roeglin talks to older Russians about the Cold War and how their views of the United States have changed over the years. In bustling Shanghai, poet and self-described ‘nerd’ Bao Phi hangs out with young Chinese hip-hoppers obsessed with American pop culture. And in a desolate neighborhood on the outskirts of Kabul, American human rights activist Han Shan speaks with an Afghan woman who lost most of her family to an errant US bombing raid.

Through the urgent voices of a cast of compelling characters from many walks of life, the film raises important questions about what it means to be a citizen in a globalized world.

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