Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

From ancient cave paintings to Twitter feeds and deep fakes, propaganda's rapid progression hasn't compromised its potency. Tracing its effective use by religious figures, politicians and marketers, director Larry Weinstein crafts a persuasive study of the mechanics behind propaganda. This fascinating investigation confronts us with timely questions: If we grow up surrounded by propaganda, how do we know what is true? What risks are inherited by a society tricked into their perceptions? Freedom of speech is critical to a democracy's survival, yet demagogues have consistently exploited that freedom to coerce willing supporters. Contemporary artists, including Kent Monkman, Shepard Fairey and Ai Weiwei, analyze their politically motivated work, creatively co-opting the conventions of disinformation that have permeated their respective cultures. As our platforms for spreading ideas continue to expand in a digital age, dangerous lies have never been better disguised.

TitlePropaganda: The Art of Selling Lies
Release DateApril 28th, 2019
GenreDocumentary
Runtime
DirectorLarry Weinstein
WritersDavid Mortin, Andrew Edmonds
Production CompaniesHawkeye Pictures Inc., Taglicht Media
Production CountriesCanada, Germany
Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei
Shepard Fairey
Shepard Fairey
Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd
April 28th, 2019