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Home Video Hovel: Save the Farm, by Maria Rhodes

13 May


A propaganda film is made for a very simple purpose: to inspire the viewer to action. This can be done through cold hard facts, manipulating emotions, or just beautiful images. What better way would there be to get someone to believe in a cause then to show them what they need to believe in. Whether it be the strength of our army, weakness of our habitat, or the need for more or less guns, the message usually comes across loud and clear. The danger of a propaganda film is that you only see the issue from one point of view. A good documentary would try to at least give you the reason behind the motives of the antagonizers, but propaganda usually does not. “Save the Farm” takes a propaganda approach to telling a very moving story and I believe that approach hurts the message.