From executive producer Oliver Stone
Independent journalists Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibbi and others are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Greenwald was the lead reporter on the revelations of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Scahill wrote Dirty Wars – the book and Oscar-nominated film on secret U.S. government assassinations. Our cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground breaking journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago.
With government deception rampant, and intrusion of state surveillance into private life never more egregious, many journalists are finding that to aggressively investigate governments rather than act as “stenographers to power”, they need to abandon mainstream corporate news media to work at alternative, web-based sites.
A timely documentary for audiences who are more than ever seeking alternatives to news media owned by huge corporations. All Governments Lie will forever change the way you watch and read the news.
* Q&As Friday, Nov. 4th, 7pm with Director Fred Peabody
"Journalism, as the film points out, is meant to represent us, to ask the hard questions on our behalf, to be skeptical and to be the adversaries of those in power. The film speaks to that powerfully."
- Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, International Documentary Association
“Peabody chillingly reminds us of what can happen when media organizations place profit over social responsibility…At a time when a creature of privilege like Trump can present himself as a champion of the common man, Peabody's portrait of Stone — a true American hero, one who actually gave voice to the powerless and dispossessed — is all the more vital.”
- Steve Gravestock, Canadian Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
"The film is a tribute to all that Izzy (I.F. Stone) represents and a success in your estimable mission to preserve and enhance his legacy."
– Peter Osnos, Journalist and founder of PublicAffairs books
"Powerful film of the journalistic garden that evolved from seeds Izzy (I.F Stone) sowed with his little newsletter."
– Bill Kovach, U.S. journalist, former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times