Hot Docs 2019: ‘Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies’

Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies (DIR. Larry Weinstein)

Larry Weinstein’s Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies is a multi-faceted historical study of the use of propaganda for political gain.

This is definitely a flawed film, but it also includes the occasional moment of beauty.  The flaw comes from the film’s broad definition of propaganda and its lack of focus, owing to its segmented presentation.  The doc will occasionally jump from one case study to another entirely unrelated one, in the process giving a platform to some rather unsavoury characters.  These segments, however, are occasionally wonderful.  The most beautiful one features artist Jim Fitzpatrick on how the famous Che Guevara poster was created.

Weinstein’s documentary is worth a watch, but don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

Catch Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies at Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on:

Sunday, April 28 at 9:00 p.m. @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tuesday, April 30 at 3:15 p.m. @ Isabel Bader Theatre

Friday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. @ TIFF Bell Lightbox


Click here for more festival details and to buy tickets.

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