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HyperNormalisation is another mind-boggling film by documentarian Adam Curtis; an epic and ambitious three-hour masterpiece outlining why you and I and everyone around us are living in a fake world where propaganda is more common than authenticity. Where lies masquerade as Truth. It’s the conspiracy film to end all conspiracy films.

Tracing the last 40 years of politics, wars and lies, HyperNormalisation details how we aren’t actually free and independent, despite how it seems – societal management and control has, in fact, resulted in the opposite. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control; the normalization of violence and xenophobia as evidenced by the advent of an Alt-Right movement, Trumpism, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, suicide bomb attacks, and extreme wealth inequality. And those who are supposed to be in power seem to be paralysed – with little or no idea of what to do.

“…politicians, financiers and technological utopians, rather than face up to the real complexities of the world, retreated. Instead, they constructed a simpler version of the world, in order to hang on to power.”

This film shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West – not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves – have retreated into a simplified, and often completely made-up version of reality. But because it is all encompassing us we accept it as “normal”.

First aired on the BBC and Films For Action.

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