The cast of Bobby exercised their right to Freedom of Speech at the Dubai International Film Festival where they voiced their discontent with today's political climate. The film, directed by Emilio Estevez, chronicles the lives of 22 people who were at the Ambassador Hotel when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 6, 1968. The film has been making its way through the festival circuit, as well as a limited theatrical release, and was just recently screened in Los Angeles at the AFI Film Festival. (Oh, and we should also mention that it was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture category.) The film's subject, obviously a political one, has given the actors a platform in which to discuss the world's current political turmoils.

Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joshua Jackson were the most vocal at the Dubai's festival junket. Hollywood Reporterquoted Fishburne and Jackson expressing their embarrassment by the current state of affairs and that the American public needed to be more vocal about their discomfort in these affairs -- much like the public in the sixties -- as demonstrated in the film.

The inspiration for Gary Michael Waters -- executive producer of Bobby -- to make the film was "to revive the Kennedy legacy for a new generation." The legacy isn't a bad one to revive. Robert Kennedy is remembered for his incredible work during a volatile period in America's history. One of his most applauded efforts was his direct contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.

Bobby isn't the only film with a political agenda; rather it seems making a statement -- even if controversial -- is the inspiration for many films these days; Fahrenheit 911, Syriana and even the surprise hit documentary An Inconvenient Truth have their own agendas. Filmmakers tread in dangerous waters as politics becomes a touchy subject for most...but then it isn't art if it doesn't offend somebody, right?
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