“After Truth” examines the real-world impact of fake news

“After Truth” examines the real-world impact of fake news

Source:  IndieWire

A film about fake news might seem like a tough sell given the nonstop political discourse of the last few years, but Andrew Rossi’s “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News” offers a new take on the issue.

“After Truth” takes a more personal look at the subject by examining the human cost of malicious disinformation, rather than relitigating the actual conspiracy theories.

Yes, Pizzagate, conspiracies about the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, and several other recent well-known conspiracies are extensively covered in the documentary, but the film is primarily focused on the victims of those intentional falsehoods.

While the documentary prioritizes victims over conspiracies, the goal is still very much to combat the fake news epidemic, and the project offers insights that even those thoroughly exhausted by years of news coverage on disinformation will find interesting.

“After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News” is available now on HBO.

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“Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections” reveals just how fragile our democracy really is

“Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections” reveals just how fragile our democracy really is

Source:  TIME

If you don’t want to know how easy it is for a canny individual—or a malicious state actor—to hack into the electronic voting technology used in the U.S., don’t watch “Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections.”

In this unnervingly persuasive HBO documentary, directors Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Sarah Teale marshal cyber-security experts, statisticians, and lawmakers to expose cracks in the system that could easily allow hackers to affect voting results.

The filmmakers’ sources also include actual hackers, among them an individual who breached Alaska’s voting system in 2016 just to see if he could.  Although he explains in an on-camera interview (his face obscured to protect his identity) that he declined to alter any data, he says he could have sold his “backdoor” access for millions.

“Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections” is available now on HBO.

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Breezy doc “American Sector” explores what happens to a border wall after it collapses

Breezy doc “American Sector” explores what happens to a border wall after it collapses

Source:  IndieWire

The Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, but it was never destroyed — only dismantled.

More than 30 years later, fragments of the concrete border that once separated East and West Germany are now scattered around the world; these lonely slabs of rock stick out of the ground like cold, gray monoliths and radiate with the knowledge of another time.  Dozens can be found in the United States alone.

Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez’s “The American Sector” may not have time to visit every section of the Berlin Wall that’s been imported to the U.S. (the film runs 65 minutes without credits), but this light and thoughtful documentary road trip still manages to draw a comprehensive map of what the Cold War relic has come to represent — and what freedom means to the people of a nation that’s been defined by its pursuit.

“The American Sector” recently made its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Watch FRONTLINE’s “Battle for Hong Kong”

Watch FRONTLINE’s “Battle for Hong Kong”

Source:  FRONTLINE

For months, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets in a massive movement initially sparked by a controversial extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China.

Now, as anger against the Hong Kong government deepens amid its response to the coronavirus outbreak, FRONTLINE presents an inside look at how the eight-month, youth-driven pro-democracy movement evolved.

“Battle for Hong Kong” tells the story of the movement through the eyes of the protesters — examining their struggle against growing influence from the government of mainland China, and following five of them through intense and escalating clashes with the Hong Kong police.

Watch FRONTLINE’s “Battle for Hong Kong” on  PBS.


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Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Hulu releases official trailer for Hillary Clinton docuseries

Source:  CNN

Hulu has released the official trailer for its upcoming four-part docuseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

For “Hillary,” director Nanette Burstein sat down with Clinton for 35 hours and culled together more than 1,700 hours of behind-the-scenes footage for a portrait of the one-time Democratic presidential nominee.

The docuseries covers several periods of Clinton’s life, from her upbringing and years in law school to public scandals and her presidential campaign.

“There was nothing off limits,” Clinton said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday.

“Hillary” premieres March 6 on Hulu.

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Tonight on FRONTLINE: “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump”

Tonight on FRONTLINE: “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump”

Source:  FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE begins its 2020 election year coverage tonight with a two-part, four-hour documentary series investigating America’s increasingly bitter, divided, and toxic politics.

From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” draws on new interviews with key political and cultural figures, as well as an archive of in-depth broadcast reporting across two presidential administrations, to offer crucial context for the current moment.

Part one traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural, and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.

Part two examines how Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions, how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide, and what America’s polarization could mean for the country’s future.

FRONTLINE’s “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump” premieres tonight on PBS.

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