Whether Noam Chomsky, the MIT linguist and political philosopher, is the most important intellectual alive, as the New York Times once famously called him, is open for debate. But without a doubt, Chomsky, now 73, is one of the most straight-talking and committed dissidents of our time. A steadfast critic of United States foreign policy for decades, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, his profile took a quantum leap as he provided much-needed analysis and historical perspective to concerned citizens throughout the world. In the months that followed, he gave dozens of talks on four continents, conducted scores of interviews, and wrote a book 9-11 that was published in 22 countries and became a surprise bestseller in many of them, including Japan. Chomsky's voice may be unpopular, but his incisive arguments, based on decades of research and analysis, are heard and considered in this chronicle comprised of interview footage, and various talks he's given. Chomsky ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
`In Our Times' was an odd experience. I mean, who would have thought that a venture to view a film screening of a college professor giving a college lecture would or could draw a crowd on the celluloid screen?
Well, I went and did that and experienced the genius of Noam Chomsky. I even walked away with some positive thoughts about the future of the United States of America and the global network of nation states. I saw a hope, that maybe there is a nibble of survival of our US society and that of the world, if we all listen and speak out against tremendous odds of failure in directing our own country(s) in its governance -- which we symbolically call democracy.
I felt a very optimistic future that I can be a part of and which can change the workings of the US government and things evil -- that often takes a path of its own and much in the design of a dictatorship that give lip service to its subjects.
This Japanese film was wonderful.
Yet, I cannot rate it on a scale of 1-10.
The future is with the people of the world to make democracy work
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