Featuring NORMAN SOLOMON/Narrated by SEAN PENN
WHEN: SUNDAY, March 16th at 7:20 PM
WHERE: QUAD CINEMA, 34 West 13th St., Quad Cinema, tickets: $10.50
WHAT: Q&A WITH NORMAN SOLOMON DIRECTLY FOLLOWING FILM.
RECEPTION after Q&A at BAR SIX, 502 Ave. of Americas (13TH & 6TH)
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.
Guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.
Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “brutally persuasive” and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.
“A superb visual form of investigative journalism.” — Howard Zinn, historian
”A total tour de force.” — Jay Cassidy, editor, An Inconvenient Truth”
“Chilling and persuasive.” —Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation