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Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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FILM OF THE WEEK – AMERICAN FEUD

October 3, 2010 , , , , , ,

AMERICAN FEUD – A history of Conservatives and Liberals
– By Richard Hall and Simone Ferry.

American Feud

What does it really mean to be a Conservative or Liberal? These words are loaded and have profound meanings for some, have stereotyped images for others and negative perceptions for those of the other camp. But what does being a Conservative or Liberal mean in terms of how it affects our everyday lives.

According to the filmmakers, The film is the first of its kind to trace the history of liberalism and conservatism in the united states. It explores the back story of the political system seemingly in crisis. It is almost a political science course in 90 minutes. Through interviews from a cast of politicians, historians, authors and philosophers, the film attempts to give a nuanced picture of how two political philosophies have changed over time and suggest that mindlessly clinging to outdated ideas prevents us from having good government now and in the future.

The filmmaker, Richard was working at C-SPAN behind the camera and was fortunate/unfortunate to watch politics up close for over a decade. That was the inception for a documentary about the history of these two words. He interviewed, filmed people and  Liberal and conservative gatherings which form the spine of the documentary. He and his wife (Simone) spent the next four years built the film from archival footage, photographs, animation sequences and so on.

They hope the film helps people understand the story of American Politics through the words Liberal and Conservative and enable people to step outside the red and blue box. The film is hopefully, like a 101 in Liberalism and Conservatism and with elections in about a month, I cannot think of a better time for people to watch this film. I have not seen the film yet and hence cannot vouch for it.

Taking 90 minutes of our time to understand the nation’s two primary political parties through their values is not too much too ask, I think, especially with the upcoming elections and the profound impact the outcomes of the election can have on the eventual course of our everyday lives. The film is not on netflix but available on demand via Amazon. It is not free, cost $1.99 per view or $15 to purchase a copy.  But, I got to say that it is not much, trust me, most people who make documentaries do not make money! It is a fact.

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