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Presented by The Ryder Film Series
The Brainwashing of My Dad
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6:00PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408


How far can Right-wing media go to brainwash elderly Americans? Filmmaker Jen Senko looks at the rise of Right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, moderate Kennedy Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of talk radio in her film The Brainwashing of My Dad. In trying to understand how this happened, Senko spoke with media luminaries and grassroots activists such as Noam Chomsky, Jeff Cohen, Claire Conner and Carol Wallin from STOPRUSH, who unravel a strategy to shift the country to the Right through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, and massive intentional misinformation. The film shines a light on how it happened (and is still happening).

Doors open at 5:30pm for this general admission event. The evening will begin with the short film MediaOcracy. After the feature film, a panel will answer questions from the audience. The evening is expected to end around 8:30pm. Ticket prices will increase to $7 on the day of the event.

This event is cosponsored by 13 nonprofit groups* and is aimed at raising awareness about the insidious nature of facts mixed with false or half-truths. Alex Semchuck, Associate Professor of Communications at Ivy Tech Community College, will introduce each film and lead the Q&A session.

*This event is cosponsored by Reverse Citizens United; Monroe County Branch of the NAACP; Bloomington Peace Action Coalition; Citizens for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel; Time to Choose Coalition; Democracy for Monroe County; Limestone Post Magazine; UU Racial Justice Task Force; Libertarian Party of Monroe County; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Bloomington Friends Meeting; and City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs.


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