Love, Hate & Propaganda

Love, Hate & Propaganda

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Why a series on WWII? Because it has shaped the lives of millions of Canadians born in the last half century who know little about what happened, or how its legacy still affects them. This series will bring the dramatic events of the war years alive, and convey their importance in a powerful, human, and accessible way - to transfer the memory to a new generation. Even seventy years later, the brutal statistics of WWII have the capacity to shock: more than 60 million dead, six million Jews - and countless others - victims of genocide. Cities incinerated, the world map ruthlessly rewritten - an extraordinary level of violence that is still unmatched. Love, Hate and Propaganda. a six-part documentary series co-produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio-Canada, will bring the most important war in history into sharp focus through the lens of propaganda. This was the first modern war in which all combatants bombarded their citizens with messages: through newsreels and posters, radio addresses and songs, speeches and rallies. The great - and the evil - minds of that era knew propaganda could awaken powerful passions: love, devotion, anger, and hatred. They employed truth, half-truths and sometimes outright lies, used powerful symbols and persuasive words to sway entire populations. Today's viewers, familiar with every kind of messaging, will discover how war was sold around the world by these early practitioners of mass propaganda. Every movie house, school, newspaper and radio became a forum for persuasion and manipulation. Above all, Love, Hate and Propaganda is a series that explores the psychology of war. Why did some enthusiastically follow while others bravely resisted? How could a young shop owner in Berlin come to believe that murdering civilians was a necessary part of asserting German pride? Why did a teenage girl in Japan believe her country had a divine mission to 'civilize' all of Asia at the barrel of a gun? Why did Hollywood believe it was necessary to demonize the Japanese in order to persuade Americans to fight? And, in the darkest days of WW2, how did so many manage to keep faith and fight evil when all seemed hopeless? Love, Hate and Propaganda is about the art of mass persuasion but the series also features stories of love, courage and sacrifice that inspired others to go to war. Liudmila Pavlichenko, known as the "most dangerous woman in the world," inspired almost one million women to join Stalin's armed forces. In Canada, there was widespread public fascination with a beautiful young woman known as Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl. This clever PR campaign by the Canadian government generated huge support for the war effort and produced a genuine tabloid celebrity. And in Japan, wartime leaders made a hero out of Ensign Sakamaki Kazuo for his bravery at Pearl Harbor, only to later airbrush him out of history when they decided he was a traitor. Love, Hate and Propaganda captures images and stories never seen before on Canadian television. The six-hour series combines sequences shot in HD with a rich array of historical footage. The visual resources are vast: newly available films and archival material (from Russia and China, among other sources) will reveal stories that were previously inaccessible. The series will speak from the vantage point of the 21st century about a time when the world seemed to go mad. Viewers of all ages will draw their own conclusions about whether mass propaganda is as potentially persuasive today as it was then, and whether conditions still exist within our societies for such a tragedy to recur. Episode 01 : The 1930s: The Strongmen Episode 02 : 1939/1940: Selling War Episode 03 : 1941: Meet the Enemy Episode 04 : 1942- 1943: Truth and Total War Episode 05 : 1944/1945 Hiding the Horrors Episode 06 : 1945 Changing the Story


George Stroumboulopoulos
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E1 Entertainment
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576446, 30118884

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