DVD: Shadows of Liberty
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Bullfrog Films is one of the foremost distributors of high quality, independently-produced educational documentary films to schools, libraries and universities. The price we sell the film for is ONLY for home use. It is not available on Amazon except in the European PAL format for Region 2 at $35 (and it is not playable on North American DVD players). IF you want to buy it for classroom use, you must order it through Bullfrog Films in Olney, PA:
With the help of interviewees including Daniel Ellsberg, Dan Rather, Julian Assange, Chris Hedges, Dick Gregory, Robert McChesney, John Nichols and Amy Goodman, the film explores in depth the monopolies and vested interests that filter the dissemination of information thus damaging the democratic process. One notorious example, featured in the film, of the anti-democratic nexus between the military-industrial complex and the news media was the latter's unquestioning acceptance of the former's trumped up justification for the Iraq War.
With profits taking priority over the truth and the powerful being taken at their word rather than taken to task, the film asks whether the Internet can withstand corporate pressure and remain free, or will it too fall into the hands of monopolistic corporations.
Ultimately has our commercial world caused us to lose one of the most precious commodities of all--unbiased information?
Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2013 Copyright Date: 2012
"Shadows of Liberty offers a brilliant, riveting and deeply disturbing insight into corporate control of American media and American public opinion. It is a clarion call to citizens to take back the First Amendment before it is lost to them forever."
Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago, Author, Speaking Out! Reflections on Law, Liberty and Justice
"Shadows of Liberty offers a trenchant critique of our media system, effectively highlighting how and why corporate consolidation of media undermines democracy. Featuring the voices of our most wise and compelling media analysts, the film is a clarion call for media reform to create a media system that promotes citizenship and substantive journalism rather than corporate profits and infotainment."
William Hoynes, Professor of Sociology and Media Studies, Vassar College, Author, Public Television for Sale, Co-Author, The Business of Media: Corporate Media and the Public Interest
"After watching this film, you might think the greatest threat to free speech today is the media itself. Shadows of Liberty takes a critical look at the modern media landscape. Jean-Philippe Tremblay dissects the media's coverage of some of the biggest events in recent history. He tells the stories behind the big stories and contributes to a meaningful discussion of important public issues and the role of the media in this discussion."
Roy S. Gutterman, Director, Tully Center for Free Speech, Associate Professor, Communications Law and Journalism, Syracuse University
"The timing couldn't be better for a theatrical documentary about a corporate media monopoly in American journalism."
Etan Vlessing, Hollywood Reporter
"An excellent exposé of the corporatisation of the American media, and perhaps the very best of the [Leed's International] festival in toto. Frightening, enlightening, anger-inducing, thrilling, this debut from writer/director Jean-Philippe Tremblay ticks the boxes for what every great political doc should be...Stories of corporate greed winning out over media values are hand-over-mouth shocking, told with clarity and focus."
Brogan Morris, Neil Young's Film Lounge
"Deals with one of the most critical issues of today...A masterpiece of craftsmanship."
Jakub Patocka, Denik Referebdum
"A slick, masterful political essay on the degradation of contemporary journalism...Rises above its contemporary counterparts by concentrating on convincing and compelling evidence."
Ezra Winton, Art Threat
"A pull-no-punches kind of film."
Post City Magazine
"A documentary indictment of America's media echo chamber...Artistry, cinematic or otherwise, and clear-eyed political vision rarely come this close together. Shadows of Liberty as a film, and Jean Philippe Tremblay as auteur are both definitely newsworthy. Stay tuned."
Humberto DaSilva, Rabble.ca
"Any dicttor would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."
"A brilliant, riveting and deeply disturbing insight into corporate control of American media and American public opinion."
- Geoffrey R. Stone, Professor of Law, University of Chicago