Media & Propaganda



Film Info
Event Type:Live Event!
Lecture and Discussion
Run Time:90 minutes


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Sedona Philosophy to present “Media & Propaganda” discussion on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m.

Explore historical and contemporary examples of how film and other media are tools of propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation.

Participants will:
• Learn about key concepts developed by Jacques Ellul in his 1962 book Propaganda
• Analyze techniques used by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl during Germany’s Nazi regime
• Study examples of cinematic techniques that exploit features of human psychology, such as cognitive bias
• Explore how film and other technologies have actually changed the way that we see
• Connect the dots between early film propaganda and contemporary social media memes
• Develop strategies to recognize and critique contemporary propaganda to social media

This is the second lecture in a two-part series that explores how film techniques illustrate key concepts from phenomenology — the study of human experience. The lectures are related but can be enjoyed separately.

The lecture and discussion will be led by Dr. Matthew Goodwin, co-founder of Sedona Philosophy, which offers guided hikes and retreats in Sedona and northern Arizona. Sedona Philosophy uses the amazing natural environment to unlock personal growth and insight through explorations of nature, culture and history. Matt teaches philosophy at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, and is an Arizona Humanities Road Scholar. He specializes in environmental ethics, phenomenology, and philosophy of art, and is the author of, “The Phenomenology of James Turrell’s Roden Crater Project,” in Phenomenology and the Arts.