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Watch and share "Rewind" to help explain free software

by Zoë Kooyman Contributions Published on Oct 08, 2020 11:54 AM
"Rewind" is an animated video made for the Free Software Foundation (FSF) about a scientist in a dystopian reality who modifies the code of a program, leading to a groundbreaking discovery. But in our world, which is dominated by proprietary software, would she have the freedom she needs to make a difference?

This video, along with ShoeTool and The University of Costumed Heroes, is part of a series of animated shorts created for the FSF. Rewind is themed around collaboration, and the importance of freedom for progress.

Proprietary software holds us back from effecting change. The video reflects on lifesaving scientific discoveries, but any field or profession suffers similar consequences when our freedoms are limited. As the FSF celebrates thirty-five years of advancing and protecting user freedom this week, it is only fitting that we release a video that visually conveys a key reason why our mission is so important.

Support our work

To further help us bring attention to user freedom for many years to come, please show your support for free software by sharing this video.

  • Post a message on your favorite microblog. Feel free to use and adapt the following text:
    Do the scientists your life depends on have the freedom to make a difference? Watch Rewind, created to celebrate the #fsf35 birthday.

  • Here's a short URL you can use:

  • Use these images and the #fsf35 hashtag
  • Subscribe, like, and share on Peertube's fsf channel

Proprietary software blocks advancements humanity depends on -- your support enables us to campaign against the very idea of it. If you think this video is effective, consider becoming an FSF associate member or making a donation to the FSF. Any contribution of $35 or more during this birthday week allows you to select a commemorative anniversary pin.

Download the video

More information about the different formats the FSF chooses to use.

Subtitles and translations

Help us translate the video to many different languages so we can share it across the globe! Translation drafts and the how-to explanation can be found on our wiki. Once you have finalized a translation, email and we will make it available on the Web site. Previous videos have been translated to up to sixteen languages, and we're so grateful to the people volunteering their time to help us expand the reach of these productions.

Subtitle files: English | Spanish | Persian | German | Turkish | Basque | Italian


Embed Rewind on your site or blog with this code:

<iframe src="" id="fsf-rewind-video" scrolling="no" style="overflow: hidden; margin: 0; border: 0 none; display: block; width: 100%; height: 67vw; max-height: 550px;"></iframe>

Video credits:

Rewind was created for the Free Software Foundation

Length: 02:19
Producer & Director: Brad Burkhart
Story: Francesco V. Staluppi
Animator: Zygis Luksas

Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc., licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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