Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Winner of fifteen international awards.

"An invigorating introduction to one of the least soporific of American minds."
- Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"Watch out for this film. It can make you think."
- Ralph Nader

Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, MANUFACTURING CONSENT explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist. In a dynamic collage of new and original footage, biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, the film highlights Chomsky's probing analysis of mass media. A mammoth two-part project, MANUFACTURING CONSENT is nonetheless light on its feet, favoring a style that encourages viewers to question its own workings, as Chomsky himself encourages his listeners to extricate themselves from the "web of deceit" by undertaking a course of "intellectual self-defense." Appearing in the film are major journalists and critics, including Bill Moyers, William F. Buckley, Jr., Tom Wolfe, Peter Jennings, Jeff Greenfield, philosopher Michel Foucault, White House reporter Sarah McClendon, New York Times editorial writer Karl E. Meyer and revisionist author Robert Faurisson.


Awards & Distinctions

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media has participated in more than 50 international film festivals.

The film has been honoured by the following awards and distinctions:

* Golden Sesterce (Grand Prize)
1992 Nyon International Documentary Film Festival
* Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film
1992 Vancouver International Film Festival
* Gold Hugo (Best Social/Political Documentary)
1992 Chicago International Film Festival
* Special Mention, Unanimous Jury Award
1992 Toronto International Festival of Festivals
* Jury Prize for Excellence
1992 Atlantic Film Festival
* Public's "Most Loved" Documentary
1992 Sydney International Film Festival
* Gold Apple
1993 National Educational Film and Video Festival
* Honourable Mention
1993 American Film and Video Festival
* Director's Choice Award
1993 Charlotte Film and Video Festival
* Voted "Best of the Festival" by Public
1993 Edmonton Global Visions Film Festival
* Gold Conch (Grand Prize ex-aqueo)
1994 Bombay International Documentary Film Festival
* Grand Prize- Best Political Documentary
1994 Canadian Documentary Film Festival


A Necessary Illusions/National Film Board of Canada co-production.

Directed by Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick
Producers: Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick, Adam Symansy (NFB), Francis Miquet (Associate Producer)

Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada

In association with:
Vision/TV Canada, Humanist Broadcasting Holland, Finnish Broadcasting Corp., Norwegian Broadcasting Corp., Special Broadcasting Service Australia

With the support of:
Canada Council Explorations, CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY, Chester Foundation, Lillian Fox, Harburg Foundation, Laidlaw (1984) Trust, J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation,
Media Network (FISCAL SPONSOR), Alan Nashman, Peacefund Canada

Associate/Line Producer: Francis Miquet
Cinematographers: Francis Miquet, Mark Achbar, Barry Perles, Norbert Bunge, Ken Reeves, Kip Durrin, Bill Snider, Savas Kalogeras, Kirk Tougas, Antonin Lhotsky, Peter Wintonick
Videographers: Michael Goldberg, Mark Achbar, William Turnley, Eddie Becker, Peter Walker, Dan Garson, Peter Wintonick
Camera Assistants: Caroline Goldie, Robin L.P. Bain, Carol Jarry, Tony Buxton, Robert Simpson
Location Sound: Gary Marcuse, Katharine Asals, Hans Oomes, Leigh Crisp, Robert Silverthorne, Jacques Drouin, Deanne Snider, Karen Glynn, Peter Wintonick
Graphics and Animation: Joan Churchill, Mark Achbar, Brian Duchscherer, Katharine Asals, Wendy Tilby
Editor: Peter Wintonick
First Assistant Editor: Katharine Asals
Assistant Editors: Ronit Bezalel, Simon Sherwood, Alison McGillivray, Mark Vatnsdal
Sound Editors: Greg Glynn, Francis Miquet
Music Recording: Louis Hone
Re-Recording: Shelley Craig, Jean-Pierre Joutel
Researchers: Jocelyne Clarke, Katharine Asals, Colette Lebeuf, Jean-Pierre Bégin, Francis Miquet, Christine Burt, Leslie Smith
Accountant: Mark Segall
Original Score: Carl Schultz
Percussion: Greg Hohn
Sax and WX7: Charlie Robertson
Vocalist: Carine Karkour

"Timor: Songs of the Ema" Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique Musée de L'Homme - Paris

"The Music of Cambodia" (1967-68) by Jacques Brunet
the International Music Council UNESCO

The Filmmakers Gratefully Acknowledge the Support of Their Families and Friends
The Wonderful Staff at the NFB and Hundreds of Others

Noam and Carol Chomsky, Executive Producers (NFB), Colin Neale, Dennis Murphy, Producer (NFB), Adam Symansky, Directors and Producers Peter Wintonick and Mark Achbar.

This film is intended to encourage debate about media and democracy.

© 1992 Necessary Illusions


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Released 1992, 16mm film, 165 mins, : English