War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death73mins2007Documentary
Loretta AlperJeremy Earp
Sean PennNorman Soloman
Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and bestselling author Norman Solomon (who traveled with Penn to Baghdad just before the 2003 war to call attention to the dangers of a U.S. invasion), WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose fifty years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. With remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, this documentary exposes how presidential administrations of both parties have relied on a combination of deception and media complicity to sell wars to the American people. An Official Selection of the 2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), as well as the Montreal and Vancouver International Film Festivals, WAR MADE EASY is an invaluable introduction to war propaganda and public relations that transcends partisan politics, and raises serious questions about the role of journalism and political communication in our society.
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