Produced by Lizzie Phelan and Mostafa Azfalzadeh
Manufacturing Dissent (2012) is a documentary posthumously dedicated to Syrian Palestinian actor Mohamad Rafea, who was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered on Sunday November 4th 2012 by paramilitary groups that have been unleashed in Syria since the US, UK and their western and Gulf State allies launched a covert war there in early 2011. This clandestine campaign of terror is presented by the mainstream corporate media as a “revolution”.
The film examines the psychological-warfare tactics of the western political establishment that are aimed at eliminating the current Syrian government.
Manufacturing Dissent includes evidence of fake reports broadcasted/published by the likes of CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and others, and features interviews with a cross section of the Syrian population: an actor, a craftsman, a journalist, a resident from Homs and an activist who have all been affected by the crisis.
The documentary demonstrates how through their misleading reportage such media have directly contributed to the bloodshed in Syria while obscuring its true causes.
Additional information about the film and filmmakers is available here.
Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.