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Cinema Politica in Cape Breton: Shadows of Liberty

November 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Cinema Politica in Cape Breton (“Screening Truth to Power”) kicks off a planned series of five films with a showing, in cooperation with the Cape Breton Spectator, of Canadian Jean-Philippe Tremblay’s Shadows of Liberty.

The 2013 documentary, based largely on Ben Bagdikian’s 2004 book, The New Media Monopoly (an update of his 1983 book, The Media Monopoly) explores the impact of corporate ownership and concentration of ownership on US news coverage.

Tremblay focuses on the stories of three reporters who found themselves at odds with their corporate bosses and while the material is not new – the most recent story involves media acceptance of the US government’s assertion that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction – the issues raised remain all too relevant.

The doc also features a starry lineup of talking heads, including actor-activist Danny Glover, Daniel Ellsberg (The Pentagon Papers), WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather.

The relevance of the issues raised to the local media scene will be the subject of a post-film panel discussion moderated by Ian MacNeil and featuring CBC Cape Breton Information Morning host Steve Sutherland, Inverness Oran editor Rankin MacDonald, Victoria Standard publisher/editor Andrew Brooks and Cape Breton Spectator publisher/editor Mary Campbell.

Admission is free and all are welcome.



About Cinema Politica in Cape Breton:

After a period of relative quiet, the Chapter was reactivated and plans to have five screenings during our membership year. Each film will be selected in consultation with a local community group or agency which has agreed to cosponsor the event. In this way we plan to not only SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, but also speak that truth together.

We welcome interested cosponsors.

Cinema Politica is a Montreal-based media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and abroad.


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