'Propaganda' explores the difference between real and fake news

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Image: Larry Weinstein and Hawkeye Pictures. Used with permission.

In a world where access to media is unprecedented, the global conversation around the propagation of information, "alternative facts" and "fake news" has never been more heated. As media outlets become increasingly polarized, and as social media rules information feeds, where does propaganda come into play? How is it influencing changes in the world order? Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies demystifies the predominant means and methods of propagandist persuasion that have been employed by those seeking power.

Larry Weinstein talks to Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies, exploring themes of consumerism, art and persuasion, demagogues and Donald Trump, Che Guevara and why religion is the ultimate propaganda.

The film looks at the present day landscape and contextualizes it by looking back at key epochs of history when propaganda defined nations and kept populations in check.

About the Director:

Larry Weinstein began to make films as a teenager while attending Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto. He went on to attend York University's film school. This led to teaming up with Barbara Willis Sweete and Niv Fichman to co-found Rhombus Media in 1979.

Weinstein's directorial debut came in 1984's Making Overtures: The Story of a Community Orchestra, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short and won the first-ever Best Documentary Gemini Award in Canada. Best known for classical-music projects such as Ravel's Brain, Beethoven's Hair and Mozartballs, Weinstein made 36 films that have garnered dozens of awards from around the world, including three International Emmy Awards, twelve personal Canadian Screen/Gemini Awards, as well as major awards in Canada, the United States, France, The Czech Republic, Mexico, and Australia.

His films have been broadcast in over 40 countries and he has been the subject of many international film retrospectives including those at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, The Jakarta International Film Festival in Indonesia, Doc Aviv in Israel, and MOFFOM (Music on Film-Film on Music) in the Czech Republic, The Look of Sound in Germany, Impara L'Arte in Italy, the Havana Film Festival in Cuba, and a recent tribute at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. York University awarded him an honorary doctorate.

In 2015, Weinstein founded Larry Weinstein Productions and his distribution company, Dead Cow International. Weinstein's 2016 documentary The Devil's Horn premiered at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. His other 2016 film, Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star, a documentary on Leslie Caron, premiered at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Image: Larry Weinstein and Hawkeye Pictures. Used with permission.

F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face. 

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.


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