Hot Docs 2019: Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

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Countries: Canada, GermanyLanguages: English

The use of propaganda around the world is explored in Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies. From ancient cave paintings to the spread of fake news, propaganda has always been around to exploit your need to believe in something. This film takes a look at many forms of propaganda, ranging from films made during the first and second World Wars to iconic paintings of Che Guevara and Barack Obama.

In Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies, filmmaker Larry Weinstein examines this form of political brainwashing that has been around since ancient times. The film features interviews with the likes of Morten Traavik, who directors propaganda films for North Korea, and artist Ai Weiwei, who has made a career out of making political statements with his art. Altogether, Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies is pretty much what you would expect from a film about propaganda, though it is still a quite interesting watch.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).