Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Larry Weinstein
Canada
2019
92 minutes

Classification: Rated PG (violence; coarse languange; nudity)

Propaganda, whether in film, print, posters, or architecture, is an act of persuasion that succeeds by bypassing critical thinking and unconsciously tugging at emotions. Spanning diverse sources, including the Catholic Church, mythical caves, totalitarian regimes, and the glitzy allure of capitalism, propaganda has been harnessed as a powerful weapon to shape worldviews through compelling images and narratives. Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies explores a diverse range of mediums from well-recognized symbols of fascist movements, to more subtle forms in political satire and online slander. It uncovers the means and techniques of persuasion employed by both powerful figures and those working to undermine the status quo. In a mediascape increasingly threatened by fake news and alternative facts, one question lingers: how do we know what we know? -JY

The Friday, May 10 screening is part of Rated Y for Youth and will include a post-film discussion.
Filmmaker

Larry Weinstein

Larry Weinstein is one of Canada's most prolific and accomplished documentary filmmakers, and has been honoured with retrospectives around the world and broadcasts in more than 40 countries. The majority of his 30 award-winning films centre on music and the creative process while his other subjects range from the horrors of war to the pleasures of football. His films consistently push the boundaries of conventional documentary storytelling by employing tools from fiction films, dramatic reconstructions, historical cinematic stylings, and impressionistic visuals.