15 November 2008

Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media

Available for the first time anywhere on DVD

[2002] [DVD] Starring: William F. Buckley, Noam Chomsky, Kelvin Flook, Edward S. Herman, Peter Jennings
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Run Time: 167 minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)

"The centerpiece of the film, arguably, is a long examination into the history of the New York Times' coverage of Indonesia's atrocity-ridden occupation of East Timor, reportage that (as Chomsky shows us) was absolutely in lock step with the government's unwillingness to criticize an ally."

MANUFACTURING CONSENT explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a dynamic collage of biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick's award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky's probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news.

Peter Wintonick and Mark Achbar made this penetrating documentary about the career and views of linguist and media critic Noam Chomsky. While the man is the subject of the movie, the filmmakers wisely and carefully choose not to make Chomsky more important than his insights into the way print and electronic journalism tacitly and often willingly further the agendas of the powerful. We learn a lot about Chomsky's formative experiences as a child, student, academic, activist, and politician (he has campaigned for office), but we learn just as much about the media institutions that deny him access today, from ABC to PBS. -- Tom Keogh


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