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5 world-changing filmmakers

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 23, 2012, 6:59 p.m.
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Film is a wonderfully expressive medium that has allowed humans to tell stories that move emotions and stir passions. Film has given us the comedy of Steve Martin, the mastery of Orson Welles and the wonder of David Attenborough. Online media allows films to be easily disseminated, spreading messages at a speed that was once thought impossible. A simple video of a brutal police crackdown in a far-flung nation can quickly go viral and bring the attention of the world to the offending regime. Bigger films can educate people about complex topics or move them to act on important issues like education, energy and agriculture. A camera's lens can tell the story in a way no other medium can do. Without filmmakers like the ones listed here, none of these important stories would get shared as far and wide.