I've been watching a lot of movies lately, but I had to share the news about this doco that I saw on a friend's system yesterday: Hoaxed (2019)
(click on the link to see the list of people interviewed).
I have never seen a film quite like this before, nor one as well-constructed and powerfully done as this movie. The only movie I can think of that comes close is the superb documentary The Corporation (2003)
(download it here
), which was a hit in the film festivals in 2003 and was (for me) a real eye-opener.
I rate them both as 5 out of 5 stars
, where 5
is "excellent and I would like to watch it again to see what I missed the 1st time around."
They both break all kinds of thought/preconception barriers.
As for Hoaxed
, some people have suggested that it may even reprogram your brain and cause you to weep (though it's very rational and neither makes nor suggests any emotional appeals to the viewer) - especially after watching the final 11 minutes or so, which includes the philosopher Stefan Molyneux's enactment of Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
(One of my 17 y/o daughter's philosophy class favourites.) The first parts of the movie build towards this rather climactic finish - a sort of gestalt dénouement or epiphany.
The movie is a prime example of good investigative journalism - a documentary. It is balanced and fair, and illustrates and perfectly encapsulates and then reframes what I was trying to articulate with the satirical cartoon (which I built all by myself!) The Evolution of the Three Wise Monkeys.Hoaxed makes it fairly plain:
- There is no left or right - there is only freedom and tyranny, truth and lies.
- The media have been caught out many times producing fake news, but have never owned up to it.
- Their methods include attacking anyone uttering speech contrary to their determined political agenda and narrative control.
- It has been said that "fake news is the enemy of the people", and it would seem to be true.
- Journalists and fake news media have apparently betrayed the American people by breaking the journalistic trust and letting political agendas distort the facts.
- Although a lot of it might threaten existing paradigms (and thus a bit of a hard pill to swallow for some), knowing the truth in the end will liberate your mind.
(The same/similar points could be made about The Corporation
, but in a different context, of course.)Hoaxed
is both entertaining and highly Informative, but we might never have known that except by WOM (Word-of-Mouth), because mainstream news will (ironically) probably label this movie as "propaganda", and try to bury it.
Watch this movie!
(And if you haven't already watched The Corporation (2003)
, then watch that too!)