Next week there will be two local screenings of documentaries focused on the relationship between media, politics, and truth. After both films there will be discussions featuring Jeff Cohen, the founding director of IC’s Park Center for Independent Media. These events may be of particular interest to Honorites enrolled in this spring’s seminars on Terrorism and Insurgencies, Imagining Hitler, and Authoritarianism in Literature. The descriptions of both films, along with dates, times and ticket links, are below:
Sun, Jan 29, 2pm, Cinemapolis (1 showing only)
“THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD”
Jeff Cohen will be joining a post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Jen Senko, who directed this doc on the rise and impact of rightwing media. The film dissects the misinformation spewed for decades by Fox News and conservative talk radio that has given rise to more than a few Trump voters. Jeff is interviewed in the movie, along with other media critics, plus a couple dozen individuals representing the millions of families and extended families that have been split up after a family member joined the Limbaugh/Fox (and now, Trump) cult.
Tues, Jan 31, 7pm, Cornell Cinema (1 night only, Willard Straight Theatre)
“ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I. F. STONE”
Jeff Cohen will lead a Q&A after the movie, which he co-produced. It stars Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Nermeen Shaikh, Cenk Uygur, Matt Taibbi, John Carlos Frey, Carl Bernstein, Jeff Cohen, and the late, legendary muckraker I. F. Stone. The doc illuminates government lies from the Vietnam era to today, and the independent journalists who expose those lies.