The Brainwashing of My Dad
Film Review by Kam Williams
Frustrated Daughter Indicts Fox News in Mind Control Documentary
Jen Senko’s father, Frank, was a life-long Democrat until he retired and started watching Fox News and listening to conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh. Gradually, the aging World War II vet’s open-minded beliefs were replaced by right-wing attitudes.
Frank began parroting the talking heads and eventually became so intolerant of minorities, gays and the poor that he could no longer discuss politics with or even sleep in the same bed with his relatively-liberal wife. These developments distressed Jen who placed the blames on a “Republican noise machine designed to distort, confuse, create fear, smear people and deliberately disseminate misinformation.”
And she sets about proving that statement in The Brainwashing of My Dad, a scathing indictment of the right-wing media as dangerous tools in the hands of a power elite interested in mind-control. Directed by Ms. Senko and narrated by Matthew Modine, this is a cautionary expose’ apt to resonate with the viewer to the extent one agrees with its progressive point-of-view.
Thus, I suspect that it will appeal to folks sitting in the left side of the choir while rubbing those across the church aisle the wrong way. Regardless of one’s political persuasion, the picture does make a persuasive bipartisan point, namely, that TV is likely to continue enjoying its pervasive influence so long as the masses remain “lazy and want their thinking done for them.”
A thought-provoking examination of the media’s effect on Boobus Americana.
Very Good (3 stars)
Running time: 90 minutes
Studio: JSenko Productions / Cinco Dedos Peliculas
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures