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with special guests
THE END OF AMERICA
"[Makes] chillingly clear that the undermining of democracy can proceed without juntas or fanfare" -Variety
"Unsettling" -New York Times
"A valuable record of an ongoing change in what America is and what its citizens think it should be" -Chicago Tribune
"The film...is a patriot's articulate cry" -NewCity Chicago
Along with the rest of America, best-selling author and feminist Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) was overwhelmed by the swell of conflicting information and the sudden march to war after 9/11. Wolf looked to history to help her understand the dramatic changes she believed she was witnessing, and discovered the disturbing similarities between post-9/11 US policy and that of historically fascist regimes such as Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany. Wolf authored her next book, The End of America, which demonstrated that the United States was on a remarkably certain path toward ending democracy. Taking the thesis of her book to the streets, Wolf set out on a national tour to discuss the evolution of America from a functional democracy into a closed, fear-driven society with a terrifying absence of due process. In this profound and eye-opening film, award-winning veteran documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback, The Trials of Darryl Hunt) accompany Wolf as she discusses America's dangerous passage towards becoming a society of fear and surveillance, and expresses her plea to restore our nation's most cherished values.
Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, U.S.A., BetaSP, 75 mins.
Special Guest Appearances:
Fri., Dec. 12 at 7 pm - Colleen Connell, Executive Director, ACLU of Illinois   and Michelle Ngo, Co-Producer, The End Of America
Sun., Dec. 16 at 5 pm - Michelle Ngo, Co-Producer, The End of America
Fri., Dec. 19 at 7 pm - Brent Mesick, Chicagoans for Civil Liberties