Lessons in Propaganda & "Propaganda" (English Dub) 2012


Lessons in Propaganda: Slavko Martinov at TEDxChristchurch
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Published on Jan 24, 2014
In 2003, New Zealand born Slavko Martinov found himself more and more critical of everything he was seeing, reading, and hearing, and wanted to get to the bottom of the 'united recipe behind all the lies'. He set out to make a film about propaganda, despite never having made a feature film before. Slavko worked in secret for almost a decade, with zero funding, through two major earthquakes, three different jobs, being hospitalized with a heart infection, and an interview with the Counter-Terrorism Unit before the film Propaganda was finally launched on YouTube.

Although Slavko anticipated a strong reaction to the propumentary, the resulting real-life scenes that unfolded will have you wondering if they were also part of a movie: Slavko and his small team were investigated by the South Korean government, accused of being spies, and some were even ostracized by their community leaders for having taken part in making the film.

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"Propaganda" (English Dub) 2012

Relax. It's on Youtube.

Published on Aug 19, 2013
New Zealand director Slavko Martinov provides a searing indictment of western culture, consumerism, and militarism. In order to grab the world's attention, it was initially presented as a leaked North Korean propaganda film. After some of his associates got into trouble with the law, he came clean.



Much to learn

Funny that no one informed us that the term 'propaganda' originally came not from the USSR, but from the Vatican in 1622...
We all have much to learn about BS.

propaganda |ˌpräpəˈgandə|
1 chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view: he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda.
• the dissemination of propaganda as a political strategy: the party's leaders believed that a long period of education and propaganda would be necessary.
2 (Propaganda)a committee of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions, founded in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.
ORIGIN Italian, from modern Latin congregatio de propaganda fide ‘congregation for propagation of the faith’ ( sense 2). Sense 1 dates from the early 20th cent.

More on etymology

Via its Latin root, the word 'propaganda' is related to the verb 'propagate,' as well as to similar words in other languages (such as 'propagare' in Italian), which essentially mean to spread, or to disseminate--without anything derogatory being implied about whatever is spread or disseminated.  Ironically, then, if we understand 'propaganda' in terms of its root meaning, then phrases like 'spread propaganda' or 'disseminate propaganda' become redundant.  But by its current meaning, such phrases are not redundant, since the word has come to carry a (negative) value judgment.


Interesting to consider that the derived word came to have such negative connotations where information was concerned--as if the etymology itself is telling us that there is something like an inverse relationship between the veracity of information and the size of its intended audience; that, historically, the more information is intended (on the part of the authorities) to be consumed by a mass audience--'the masses'--the more likely it is to be b.s.



About "Propaganda"- WATCH THE FILM


Presented by an anonymous North Korean professor, this anti-Western propaganda film attacks the moral attenuation, political manipulation and hyper-consumerism that characterize the Western world. In chapters with titles like “Rewriting History,” “Advertising” and “The Cult of Celebrity,” we are treated to a lineup of the most embarrassing occidental excesses and globalization, the “psychological warfare” at the hands of multinationals, shopping-obsessed consumers and the failure of democracy. Then there’s time for the “Grab it!” culture of the one percent and additional moral deterioration in the form of Paris Hilton, unethical TV shows and violent movies and games. Toward the end of this propaganda piece, the role of North Korea in all of this becomes clear: the country would like to offer itself as headquarters for the mounting fight against consumer slavery and greed worldwide.

Propaganda is the world’s first propumentary. It was made by Slavko Martinov in Christchurch, New Zealand, with the help of friends who worked in secret for 9 years, with zero funding, through 2 major earthquakes, 10,000 aftershocks, accusations of North Korean collusion, an investigation by the South Korean government, an interview with the Counter-Terrorism Unit, and retaliation from the Catholic Church.

It topped Indiewire’s top 10 films to watch out for at IDFA 2012, where it had its world premiere. This was followed by The Independent declaring it ‘The real viral hit of 2012’ and Films for Action rated it their Number One film for 2012. In 2013, it was awarded a Special Mention at the Biografilm Festival in Italy, and this was followed by the US premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival, where Michael Moore awarded it the Founders Grand Prize for Best Picture.
The film continues to be selected in festivals, volunteers continue to provide translations, and thanks to people like you sharing the film, we hope the film will continue to find an audience worldwide.

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A content warning

Be forewarned there are some very disturbing images in this film. Some I certainly could done without. Overall an informative film with many thought provoking viewpoints. If you've seen Scott Noble's film Psywar, then much of the information will be familiar. Just be prepared to look away at times.