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Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and Control, Social Activism, Fear, and American Foreign Policy in both large forums and in small interactive discussions with other intellectuals, activists, fans, students and critics. Interwoven, is Dr. Carol Chomsky, Noam's wife and manager who reflects on what drives Noam and what life is like with him. Other candid reflections about Noam Chomsky and his thoughts, work and influece are offerred by others throughout the film. Written by Steve Lawrence <>

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Noam Chomsky: If you look through hundreds of years of history, the West has a virtual monopoly on violence. So, massive terror is the kind of thing we do to them, you know, they're not supposed to do it to us, uh, September 11th was the first break. It's the first time in hundreds of years that any Western country has suffered on home soil - the thing they do routinely everywhere else, you know? And in Israel it's sort of the same. Actually, it's pretty striking for me to see this. I had a, uh - after ...
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Eye opening film.
8 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched this film not knowing anything about Noam Chomsky other than he's a famous writer. I have to admit, this film made me realize there is a lot more to the world and politics than I ever could imagine. Mr. Chomsky's comments on Iraq being a pretext for further Middle East intervention is amazing given the President Bush's talk about Iran and Syria. This film was made just before the Iraq War so it seems like Chomsky is ahead of the times. The film also talks about the September 11th attacks and the US response and that was quite eye opening as well. I guess what I really enjoyed was Carol Chomsky (Noam Chomsky's wife of many years who recently became his "tour manager"). She was charming to listen to and to hear her talk about how they met as young teenagers in Hebrew school is quite funny "there was always a romance"). The reflections of those who know Chomsky is really insightful and gave me a greater understanding of what motivates him to keep writing and talking (he's quite old now) and made me want to go out and actually read his books.

All in all, this film is really interesting. It gives you a large dose of what Chomsky is really passionate about (US role in the world, social activism, the war on terrorism, worker's rights) but it also gives you a great insight into Chomsky himself.

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