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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Synopsis
In an energetic fusion of images and ideas, Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of the controversial author, linguistic scholar, radical philosopher and activist, Noam Chomsky. Using new and original interviews, archive footage, playful graphics and illustrations, the film highlights Chomsky’s analysis of the media, focusing on democratic societies where populations are not disciplined by force but are subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control. Chomsky illustrates his beliefs with examples of media compliance with government deceit. Includes contributions from novelist Tom Wolfe, journalists Bill Moyers, Robert MacNeil and Karl E Meyer, commentator William F Buckley Jr, and White House reporter Sarah McClendon.

Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick encourage viewers to question the film’s own workings, just as Chomsky himself encourages listeners to extricate themselves from this ‘web of deceit’ by undertaking a course of ‘intellectual self-defence.'

DVD extras: Interview with the directors (2007); Interview with Noam Chomsky (2007); Chomsky v Buckley debate (1969; Chomsky v Silber debate (1986); Chomsky v Dershowitz debate (2005); Necessary Illusions demo tape (1989); Companion book to the film (266 pages - downloadable PDF); Illustrated booklet with Sight & Sound review and biographies of the filmmakers; Fully uncompressed PCM stereo audio
Language
English
Country
Canada
Year of production
1993
Notes
Broadcast on C4 on 17 May 1993.
Reviewed by Laurence Alster in ‘Times Educational Supplement (19/8/94).
Subjects
Media studies; Politics & government
Keywords
Chomsky, Noam; journalism; media; news reporting; political issues

Credits

Director
Mark Achbar; Peter Wintonick
Producer
Mark Achbar; Peter Wintonick
Contributor
Noam Chomsky

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.56
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
167 + 215 minutes
Year
2009

Production Company

Name

National Film Board of Canada

Email
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(514) 283 9000
Fax
(514) 283-7564
Address
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Canada
Name

Necessary Illusions

Phone
+1 514 287 7337
Fax
+1 514 287 7620
Address
Montreal
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H2W 1P9
Canada

Sponsor

Name

Téléfilm Canada

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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