War Made Easy, introduced by Robin Brookes, of the Peace Tax Seven
(Mon 3rd / 8pm / £4/3 nobody refused entry for a lack of funds)
Official selection at 11 film festivals including the Montreal World
Film Festival, Bristol IndyMedia is proud to present "War Made Easy", the acclaimed documentary by Norman Solomon and narrated by Sean Penn. War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the
United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. The film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and
exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.
The film will be introduced by Robin Brookes, one of the Peace Tax
Seven. The Peace Tax Seven are a small group of dedicated UK citizens who are going to the European Court of Human Rights to claim the right for Conscientious Objectors to have the Military part of their taxes
diverted to a peace fund.
War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon's
meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents
disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defence Secretary
Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.
Norman Solomon’s work has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as
"brutally persuasive" and essential “for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee.” This film now offers a chance to see that context on the screen.
"A total tour de force." Jay Cassidy, editor, An Inconvenient Truth
"A superb visual form of investigative journalism." Howard Zinn, historian
"Compares the propaganda techniques of the past with the present, and draws striking parallels." Inter Press Service
"Chilling and persuasive." Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation