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|'Shadows of Liberty' - a Documentary Film on the Media|
|Date||Sunday January 17|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez
San Mateo, CA 94401
|Organizer/Author||Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo|
Around our country and the world, criticism of the mainstream news media has become a common theme in activist circles. While ideological considerations cause such criticism to be brought down from both sides of the political spectrum, there are elements of media deserving of everyone's attention - those concerning censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
The 2012 documentary film Shadows of Liberty (subtitled, "The Media Monopoly in American Journalism") endeavors to reveal extraordinary truths about how these elements affect public perceptions while affecting the lives of those who try to call out the media - as well as everyday people who might otherwise benefit from truthful reporting.
In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics - including Amy Goodman, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Chris Hedges, and Norman Solomon - give insider accounts of a broken media system. The film's narrative describes how controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.
Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? We're left in no doubt that media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.
Shadows of Liberty is, according to the film's web site, "dedicated to the journalists and information freedom fighters, the heroes of our time, who dedicate their lives to our right to freedom of information - the central pillar of a free society. The film provides a platform for voices that have been silenced and in doing so, attempts to inspire change and accountability. Thus it champions the idea of an independent media where truth and integrity are the norm, not the exception."
The UUSM is wheelchair accessible. The film is 93 minutes. Discussion of the film will follow the screening.
Free, contributions accepted.