Watch submissions to “What does freedom mean to you?”

What does freedom mean to Irene?

As the founder of the bigQfilms project, Irene Yang was born and bred in Johannesburg South Africa. She moved to Sydney Australia in 2011 to pursue her tertiary studies.

This video was filmed and recorded in Johannesburg just after the death of president Nelson Mandela in December 2013.


What does freedom mean to Edwin?

Edwin is a critical thinker, activist and polyglot who studies law in his spare time.  He founded the Student Ideas Forum (a student society group at the University of Sydney) and can hardly contain his pride as he shares what freedom means to him.

What does freedom mean to Ayesha?

Ayesha Hassan is a South African born to a South African father and an American mother. She now lives in Fort Worth in Dallas Texas and is completing her undergraduate degree at the Texas Christian University.

What does freedom mean to Seamus?

Seamus Thomson lives in Sydney Australia. He attended Sydney Grammar School and is now completing his combined degree in Engineering and Medical Science.

What does freedom mean to Swapnil?

Aspiring philospher, Swapnil Mindhe, shares his views about radical freedom and the idea that we are all radically free.
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The Origin of BigQFilms

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 

– Netzche

Dreaming is becoming increasingly difficult in a world where people are wrapped up in their daily routines. We often forget to think…to live. I set out to share some thoughts because thoughts are what connect people; and their dreams.

The issue of racism and my personal experience of being a Chinese South African growing up in post-Apartheid South Africa and now living in Australia, has sparked an interest in human relations and the way we treat each other.

“What does freedom mean to you?” was the first video project by BigQFilms launched in the summer of 2013, designed to encompass the amalgamation of internal and external conflicts on race I experienced. Since then, the project has grown and we have expanded into creating a blog which encompasses written posts in addition to the video submissions.

I envisioned creating a platform, whether it be online or in the form of small life changing yet deeply fulfilling and thought provoking discussions held in all countries around the world. The idea that the internet was created to unite people has never been more necessary than now.

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The project aims to show that across continents, in various educational institutions, businesses and cities, people from all walks of life, are able to unite on one common ground: the fundamental thought that we are humans with big questions often forgotten and lost.

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Why film?

Film has a way of bringing people to life, telling stories like no other medium. In a sense, we feel closer to people when we are able to connect with them as if they are right in front of us – when we can see them, and hear directly what they have to say.

This is a place for travellers to share stories they have seen and for people to learn from each other. Historians, scientists, lawyers and all other humans alike, lets stand together and share what we have learnt in the world. What better location to begin than in your own country, yet while meeting and discovering people from all over the world.