Expertly crafted by award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern comes this provocative film, based on the New York Times best seller of the same name. In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, author Naomi Wolf makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities - from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law. With this galvanizing call to arms, she urges regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice.
Adapted from progressive political author Naomi Wolf's book THE END OF AMERICA: A LETTER OF WARNING TO A YOUNG PATRIOT, the provocative film THE END OF AMERICA is the documentary work of directors Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Paralleling the Bush administration's post-9/11 measures to suppress perceived national security threats and political dissent, with disturbingly similar examples throughout modern history (Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Pinochet's Chile), the film mixes cautionary history with impassioned polemic. Interweaving snippets of a lecture given by Wolf in New York with interviews as well as television and web clips, the film outlines the 10 ways Wolf posits by which a democracy can easily and swiftly descend into the clutches of fascism. From sweeping legislations enacted to erode individual civil liberties such as the Patriot Act, to the systematic quashing of free speech and dissent, Wolf exposes the ways in which the culture of fear is perpetuated through state-sponsored media outlets and used to legitimize the suppression of freedom. While END OF AMERICA is conspicuously one-sided in its criticism of the Bush Doctrine, it makes its broadest and most compelling arguments unimpeachable: no world leader should be above the rule of law, and governments should be held accountable when the rights of their citizens are threatened.