I am one who does not let television or any right-wing cable news or “conservative” talk radio take over or influence my way of thinking or mind. But after viewing this controversial documentary entitled, ‘The Brainwashing of My Dad,’ I can see how people can easily be lured into this world of addiction media revolution.
I am actually on the liberal side of the spectrum, but I certainly identify with the filmmaker Jen Senko. The title did wonders for me because it sounds like your typical horror movie but instead the filmmaker Jen Senko explores the rise and popularity of conservative media by profiling her own father, who at his twilight years falls into a deep addiction to conservative talk shows. How can her WWII veteran and someone who was a pro Kennedy Democrat father fall and been transformed into a Fox News fanatic, suddenly and inexplicably railing against minorities, homosexuals, poor people, and Democrats.
The documentary uncovers that the filmmakers dad isn’t the only person shockingly transformed by right-wing media. The filmmaker did a brilliant job using her dad as an example and a few others mentioned in her film to help expose the tricks of the media of behind the so call media revolution. You can clearly see the changes to her father when he is deeply focused only on his daily influences on Fox News and conservative talk shows. Deeply nerve raking in discovering what happened to Senko’s father but amazed how Senko did her homework and was able to reveal the bigger picture of what’s happening behind-the-scenes to influence our national discourse but given the current political climate, as if it’s only scratching the surface.
Senko explains how her father, Frank, was “a nonpolitical Kennedy Democrat” until the 1980s, when he began staying home and glued to listening to a lot of right-wing conservatives. The documentary hits on how right-wing news programs like [Fox News], talk shows [Rush Limbaugh] [Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show”] and Internet sites turned her, once normal reasonable father into a completely different person.
The film tends to try and explain the addictive phenomenon these shows can have on people by using a ‘repetition method’ of the same messages, which is said to transform or better yet have an effect to the brain — but the subject is not explained further.
Interesting film and worth watching — Actor, Matthew Modine as co-narrator and producer, animated segments by Bill Plimpton — this documentary is currently viewing in few theatrical engagements but is now playing on VOD.
Production company: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Jen Senko
Screenwriters: Jen Senko, Melodie Bryant
Producers: Matthew Modine, Adam Rackoff
Executive producers: Jodie Evans, Daniel Goldberg, Jennifer Schultz, Ryan Smith
Director of photography: Rachael Levine
Editor: Kala Mandrake
Opened Theatrically in New York (Cinema Village) and Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall) on Friday, March 18.
They are now in the TOP TEN most popular documentaries on iTunes at #8!!!
WATCH IT HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-brainwashing-of-my-dad/id1082947540
For more information about this film please visit:
Official Website: www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com
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Review conducted by Antonio Saillant from a private screening in NYC.