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The Brainwashing of My Dad

As filmmaker Jen Senko tries to understand the transformation of her father from an apolitical, life-long Democrat to an angry right-wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Richard Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP; the Powell memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.

As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink, Claire Conner and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.

This documentary shines a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and leads to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility our government has to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.

Played at

Music Hall, 3.18.16 - 3.24.16
Rated NR
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 90 min
Language: English

Director: Jen Senko
Cast: Matthew Modine (narrator)