April 5, 2017

Social Issues in Film Series Presents “The Brainwashing of My Dad” April 17

 VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s 2016-2017 Social Issues in Film Series will present “The Brainwashing of My Dad” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in Nevins Hall Room 1061. Admission to the screening is free of charge and open to all students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and friends of the university.
In “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” filmmaker Jen Senko follows the transformation of her father, a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party who adopted conservative Republican views. Her interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, activists, and more lead her to believe that the messages of the media greatly impacted her father’s change in political views.
“... people like my dad have become so taken over by right-wing media and its disinformation campaign that they speak, vote, and even act against their own interests ... against the very core of who they are,” Senko said in an interview with LA Progressive.
The film is presented by Jsenko Productions and premiered at the New Media Film Festival in 2016. It has received two award nominations. 
Dr. Lorna Alvarez-Rivera, Dr. Tom Hochschild, Dr. Anne Price, and Dr. Shelly Yankovsky, faculty members in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, sponsor VSU’s annual Social Issues in Film Series.
Contact Dr. Tom Hochschild at trhochschild@valdosta.edu to learn more.
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