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Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)

Unrated | | Documentary | 19 November 2004 (UK)
A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy.

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Charles Lewis ...
Founder of the Center for Public Integrity
Robert McChesney ...
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mark Crispin Miller ...
Author, Professor, New York University
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Congressman from Vermont
Danny Schechter ...
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Vincent Bugliosi ...
Attorney, Author
Jeff Cohen ...
Himself - Founder of FAIR
Dennis Kucinich ...
Himself
Mark Lloyd ...
Visiting Professor M.I.T.
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Himself
John Nichols ...
Himself
Greg Palast ...
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Himself (archive footage)
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Herself
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A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy.

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Illuminating... Citizen Beware
31 August 2005 | by (Monroe, GA) – See all my reviews

This documentary draws powerful parallels between Orwell's 1984, Communist Soviet Union, Goebbels's Nazi Germany and the current state of American Democracy.

"Orwell Rolls in His Grave" illuminates. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine how a society (of otherwise ordinary and probably good people) can fall under the spell of Nazis or surrender their free will to Big Brother. This documentary shakes you from your vegetative state. One is left utterly depressed and hopeless, like no other movie or even book like "1984" itself can, because this isn't a work of fiction but an examination of the world we live in today.

It feels like a blindfold's been removed, only to find we're all standing in quicksand. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but this documentary shows how so many of the safeguards that keeps a democracy and capitalism in check are slowly and deviously being eroded away. A democracy derives its power to govern from individual citizens, period. Corporations are not entities with innate rights.

The documentary does end on a hopeful note. Maybe the Internet, as a last bastion for truth, will have some time before it is finally owned, divvied up and censored.

On a side note, can Hollywood please make a blockbuster release with some big time actor and director of "1984" and subtly show Joe Citizen some of the parallels going on in the world?


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