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If you've ever wondered why people in trailer parks are voting to lower the taxes of billionaires, This documentary will have you smacking your forehead and saying, "It's the media stupid!"
This documentary written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas is a relevant one for the modern society because covers topics including the Telecommunications Act of 1996, concentration of media ownership, political corruption, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the controversy over the US presidential election of 2000 (particularly in Florida with Bush v. Gore), and the October surprise conspiracy theory. On the other hand, I can see the similarities with all other systems of control in China, Russia, Middle East and even Europe. It seems that government quickly follow up each other when they have to take freedom of speech from their citizens, regardless the political views.
I cannot say that I didn't like the documentary: it was relevant, had trustworthy experts who know their subjects extremely well, it had facts, it had plenty of interviews... but somehow it was too dry and lecturing for my taste. I am a lecturer myself, and the most important thing is to involve the audience into the lecture! This documentary didn't do that for me - I was always aware that this is presented information to provide me with truth which should alter my views on democracy in the United States. No need for that in my case, because I was an owner of a radio station in the late 80's and I know a thing or two about the subject, and all I wanted is to enjoy the presentation. Well, that was hard if you are just lining up the presenters and facts.
I was thinking to show this to my students, but I will edit parts of it before doing that, because in this form is a little bit too hard to "chew" the complicated subject of taking a democracy from the "demos" to the 1% of the US population! George Orwel's "1984" seems like a paradise compared with today's laws in the "Western Freedom" countries, with US as a leader.
Recommended for the information and revelation, not artistic value!
Amazing yet great follow up to the film of 1956 and book "1984".
"Orwell Rolls in His Grave is a 2003 documentary film written and directed by Robert Kane Pappas. Covered topics include the Telecommunications Act of 1996, concentration of media ownership, political corruption, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the controversy over the US presidential election of 2000 (particularly in Florida with Bush v. Gore), and the October surprise conspiracy theory."--Wikipedia
SEE the entire 3 hour documentary film here:
Nauseatingly relevant to the entire western world, 'Orwell Rolls In His Grave' is an intelligent, well-structured and convincing condemnation of American ...
CAST or Contributors:
Charles Lewis, Founder, Center for Public Integrity
Robert W. McChesney, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mark Crispin Miller, Author, Professor, New York University
Bernie Sanders, Congressman from Vermont (I)
Mark Lloyd, Visiting Professor M.I.T.
Greg Palast, Investigative journalist
Vincent Bugliosi, Attorney, Author
Aurora Wallace, Associate Professor, New York University
Michael Moore, Filmmaker, Author
Danny Schechter, Filmmaker, Author
John Nichols, Journalist/Columnist: Capitol Times, The Nation
Peter Mitchelmore, Former Editor of the New York Post
Jeff Cohen, Founder of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
Tim Robbins, Actor, Director, Writer, Activist and Founder of The Actor's Gang
Dennis Kucinich, Congressman, Ohio (D); Presidential Candidate
Maurice Hinchey, Congressman, New York (D)
Tony Benn, Former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister
Jim Ryan, Anchor, Good Day New York, FOX5
Joe Klines, Producer, FOX5 News at 10, Atlanta
Byron L. Dorgan, Senator, North Dakota (D)
Tom Daschle, Senator, Minority Leader, South Dakota (D)
Janine Jackson, FAIR Program Director
Trent Lott, Senator, Mississippi (R)
Michael K. Powell, (R) FCC Chairman
Kathleen Q. Abernathy, (R) FCC Commissioner
Michael J. Copps, (D) FCC Commissioner
Andrew Schwartzman, Media Access Project
Robert Kane Pappas
Robert Kane Pappas
J. Alan Hostetter
Robert Kane Pappas
Robert Kane Pappas
October 2003 (East Hampton Film Festival)
July 23, 2004 (New York)
April 13, 2005 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) in Argentina
say hello to your business. I mean, government.
Heard all this before. But it never gets boring. Having read 1984 helped...
Nauseatingly relevant to the entire western world, 'Orwell Rolls In His Grave' is an intelligent, well-structured and convincing condemnation of American social manipulation by the then powers that be: George W. Bush's republican party, and their circle of ravenous, shameless associates and lackeys. Former journalists, producers and college professors sit and refuse to spin, as they detail our media's snivelling three-bags-full compliance with the will of the rich and ruthless few. The examples of blatant, pre-packaged corruption bring the dread and despair of a Hitchcock film. Or a Madonna video(sorry, I needed a laugh).
Robert Kane Pappas smartly laces his doom-and-gloom documentary with satire, and an amusingly bilious university address from Michael Moore - which also serves to nail down the overall message of the film(an apparently contradictory statement during Moore's wrap-up is a personal vow and call to arms, nothing more). Senator Bernie Sanders and journalists Greg Palast and Charles Lewis are also charismatic, natural story-tellers who offer compelling, often incredulous testimony. By the end, the film has looped smoothly back on itself. And, because - as is made painfully clear - there's just no way around it, on us.
The dramatic soundtrack illustrates but doesn't annoy. Eric Woods songs are also poignant. The use of fading blackness to highlight various quotations is also to good effect. Pappas lets his subjects do the talking during interview clips, but intensely narrates the whole thing. Every word is compelling, every sequence a twist of the knife.
See it with a money-grubbing whore.
Another film I believe would be better if i didn't already know about the issues. It is well done, but one might already know the main theme if one is familiar with the media bias of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A recommended alternative would be Buying the War by Bill Moyer. That being said, it does make a good distinction between free speech of the people and of corporations and hints at the democratic paradox.
> simply indispensable if you really care about politics.
Leaves a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Must see. Primer for the new American century.