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Fri, Oct 04


Social Engagement Salon

Adam Curtis: HyperNormalisation

We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

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Adam Curtis: HyperNormalisation
Adam Curtis: HyperNormalisation

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Oct 04, 2019, 7:00 PM

Social Engagement Salon , 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

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A giant narrative spanning forty years, with an extraordinary cast of characters. They include the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, the early performance artists in New York, President Putin, intelligent machines, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers - and the extraordinary untold story of the rise, fall, rise again, and final assassination of Colonel Gaddafi.

All these stories are woven together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created. Part of it was done by those in power - politicians, financiers and technological utopians. Rather than face up to the real complexities of the world, they retreated. And instead constructed a simpler version of the world in order to hang onto power

But it wasn’t just those in power. This strange world was built by all of us. We all went along with it because the simplicity was reassuring. And that included the left and the radicals who thought they were attacking the system. The film shows how they too retreated into this simplified, make-believe world - which is why their opposition today has no effect, and nothing ever changes.

But there is another world outside. And the film shows dramatically how it is beginning to pierce through into our simplified bubble. Forces that politicians tried to forget and bury forty years ago - that were then left to fester and mutate - but which are now turning on us with a vengeful fury.

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