Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Funny, provocative, and surprisingly accessible, Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist.
In a dynamic collage of new and original footage, biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, the film highlights the evolution of Chomsky’s philosophy, his probing analysis of mass media, and his critique of the forces behind the daily news.
Manufacturing Consent stands as the definitive work on Chomsky, favouring a documentary style that encourages viewers to question its own workings, as Chomsky himself encourages his listeners to extricate themselves from the media’s “web of deceit” by undertaking a course of “intellectual self-defence.”
It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous.
Travelling with Chomsky through Canada, Japan, Europe and across the USA, the documentary bears witness to a tireless activist informing, challenging, and being confronted by the public and the press.
Edited from over 120 hours of footage this thought provoking film by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick over 5 years in the making.
"The most feted liberal intellectual in the world" - Newsnight.
Chomsky is, alongside Shakespeare and the Bible, one of the 10 most quoted sources in the humanities.
He was voted the worlds leading public intellectual by readers of Prospect magazine.
"Arguably the most important intellectual alive" - New York Times