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The End of America (2008)

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The filmmakers who rattled viewers with The Devil Came on Horseback and The Trials of Daniel Hunt return to explore outspoken author Naomi Wolf's controversial claim that America has begun a frightening descent into dictatorship with this documentary that takes its title from the incendiary novel of the same name. Is American democracy, as we know it under attack? By examining the chilling parallels between the current state of our nation and the ascent of dictators and fascism in other once-free societies, Wolf urges viewers to open their eyes to the horrors that could lie ahead. From the increased use of paramilitary groups to the construction of secret prisons and the targeted suspension of the rule of law, the warning signs are all there for people to wake up and finally take notice.

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Tightly constructed and fiercely one-sided.

December 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Despite the totalitarian drumbeating and the Constitution love, the movie feels strangely ahistorical and lacks real systemic analysis.

December 2, 2008 | Full Review…

Its very easy to cherry-pick examples and fit them into a previously existing model.

July 17, 2009 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

This gripping documentary details the ten step blueprint Hitler and other dictators used to subvert democratic process and personal freedoms. Then it compares historical events with what's happening in America today. Scary stuff.

May 27, 2009 | Full Review…

It's actually an intriguingly level-headed approach to a hugely emotive issue.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Attempting to transform this kind of polemic into an engaging piece of cinema might seem the height of folly. However, filmmakers Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern are more than up to the task.

February 12, 2009 | Full Review…

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