Source: IRNA, Tehran
annual International Documentary Film Festival, organized by Iran's Documentary
and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), will be held in Tehran from October 15-19.
'Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media' is a multi award-winning documentary film that explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, a linguist, intellectual, and political activist.
Directed by two Canadian independent filmmakers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, it focuses on the ideas of Chomsky's earlier book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, which he co-wrote with Edward S. Herman.
The film presents and illustrates Chomsky's and Herman's propaganda model, the thesis that corporate media, as profit-driven institutions, aiming to serve and further the agendas of the interests of dominant elite groups in the society.
A centerpiece of the film is a long examination into the history of The New York Times' coverage of Indonesia's invasion and occupation of East Timor, which Chomsky claims exemplifies the media's unwillingness to criticize an ally.
The film was the most successful documentary in Canadian history, playing theatrically in over 300 cities around the world, winning 22 awards, appearing in more than 50 international film festivals and being broadcast in over 30 markets.
It has also been translated into a dozen languages.
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