Max Ferency

Beats, Changes & NightsSoundscapesEventsDignityDialogues

Dignity Before Bread

Release Date: August 10, 2015
Image: Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain in August 2011.
+ A student drops out of high school in Baltimore City.
+ The activists of the Democracia Real Ya movement in Spain demand change to the economic system that created a national crisis.
+ Manoubia Bouazizi tells the story of how her son, Mohamed Bouazizi, sparked the Arab Spring by setting himself on fire in Tunisia after his vender cart was confiscated by local officials.
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Points to Ponder:

  • The difference between the teacher's intensions and how her words were received by the student.
  • How the Spanish protesters view themselves and who they view as their audience.
  • What pushed Mohamed Bouazizi to set himself on fire.
  • What dignity means to each of the characters.


Voice Actors (by order of entrance)
Student's Story:
Max Ferency;
Democracia Real Ya::
Hania Luna;
Manoubia Bouazizi:
Cori Dioquino;
President Ben Ali:
Braddock Hargett;

Student's Story Text
Fictional story by Max Ferency loosely based on a real student in Baltimore City.

Democracia Real Ya Source Texts
Who We Are
Manifesto (en EspaƱol)
Manifesto (in English)

Bouazizi Source Texts
Time Magazine Interview
Tunisia Live Interview

Ben Ali Source Text
Ben Ali's Last Speech as President

Music written and performed by Max Ferency.

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