Disc 1. The POWER of NIGHTMARES. Instead of dreams of a better world, today's politicians only promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. These nightmares an illusion -- a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media. Together, the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists created today's nightmare vision of an organized terror network, a fantasy that politicians then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. features 3 hours. Disc 2&3. The CENTURY of the SELF. To many the triumph of the self is thought to be the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Bur are the people really in charge? The Century of the Self tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? Among the main characters are Sigmund Freud and his nephew Edward Bernays, who first used psychological techniques in advertising. Curtis quotes a Wall Street banker: "People must be trained to desire, to want new things." 3 hours. Disc 4. Explores how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today's dysfunctional idea of freedom. The baleful influence of win-lose game theory on economics and international relations, of free market theory on society, for instance with over-the-counter drugs, bureaucracies and schools. "We Will Force You To Be Free" shows how the rhetoric of freedom has been used by revolutionaries to justify violence, by the neo-cons to justify "shock therapy" in Eastern Europe and more recently in Iraq, with horrific consequences. Certainly one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent films of recent times. 3 hours.
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