Politics and Propaganda

Håvard Bustnes | 
Norway |
 2017 | 
94 minutes

The rise of the far right in Europe is a puzzling, terrifying phenomenon. Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Bustnes arrived in Greece to uncover why the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has become a legitimate political option for a significant percentage of Greek voters. The result is bizarre, chilling, and more than a little mesmerizing.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45pm
Talal Derki | 
Germany/Syria/Lebanon |
 2017 | 
98 minutes

What Derki’s footage reveals is complex and human: the power of religious zeal and radical fundamentalism, but also the love of a father for his sons. As Abu-Osama’s two oldest sons Osama and Ayman reach young adulthood, they face assimilation into the ranks of armed combat.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:45pm
Maxim Pozdorovkin | 
US/Russia |
 2018 | 
78 minutes

The film recounts how, over the past 20 years, Vladimir Putin has systematically eliminated and discredited Russian independent media, replacing it with a centrally controlled broadcast system that has little regard for the truth.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30pm
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

In early 2016, President Donald Trump still seemed like a bad punchline, yet the angry roots of the movement that lifted him to power had already been formed. An early, unheeded sign of Middle America’s frustration came in January, when armed militants led by activist Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The loosely organized right-wing militia was united by a shared hatred of what they perceived as tyranny and overreach by the federal government.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm
Leon Lee | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

Filmed largely in secret, and incorporating striking animated sequences, Letter from Masanjia uncovers the reality of China’s police state and the true meaning behind the ominous phrase “re-education through labour". Following his Peabody Award-winning exposé Human Harvest, director Leon Lee continues to expose human rights abuses in China with this message in a bottle thriller.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:00pm