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04 Dec

‘The End of America,’ Liberty: Use It or Lose It

‘The End of America,’ Liberty: Use It or Lose It

The “End of America,” a compelling new documentary by award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern in collaboration with best-selling author Naomi Wolf received some love today in the New York Times:

The pointedly inflammatory film, adapted from Naomi Wolf’s book “The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot,” compares the Bush administration’s attempts to discourage dissent and to wield increasingly unchecked power to the events preceding the establishment of 20th-century dictatorships in Germany, Italy, Chile and elsewhere. Without explicitly invoking the word, it implies that since 2001 the United States has drifted toward fascism in the name of fighting terror.

Tightly constructed , “The End of America,” directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (“The Devil Came on Horseback”), interweaves excerpts from a lecture in New York given by Ms. Wolf with film clips and interviews illustrating her contention that the rise of those dictatorships created a “blueprint” that the Bush administration, consciously or not, has followed

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