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Documentary
Dir: Fred Peabody
2016 / 91 mins
15+
Australian Premiere
URGENT AND FASCINATING… EVEN IF YOU BELONG TO THE CHOIR IT’S PREACHING TO, IT HAS THE RARE DISTINCTION OF BEING A MOVIE YOU CAN AGREE AND ARGUE WITH AT THE SAME TIME
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL
Cast: I.F STONE, CARL BERNSTEIN, NOAM CHOMSKY, AMY GOODMAN

All Governments Lie

Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

The seismic shifts in political power have created an environment where freedom of the press may be under actual threat.

Notions of “fake news” and major news media organisations being locked out of White House briefings are all worrying signs of a growing manipulation of not just public opinion but of history.

As one of the great advocates of holding governments to account through the media the late I.F Stone published his own newsletter over 3 decades - I.F. Stone’s Weekly. In it Stone examined, exposed and attacked corruption and lies under the simple premise that all governments lie.

This documentary in part charts Stone’s contribution to fearless journalism but also examines the current holders of the mantle. By looking at new news outlets such as Democracy Now! and interviewing journalists and commentators like Carl Bernstein, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and others, All Governments Lie... dives deeply into the world of media controlled by international corporate and political self-interests.

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