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  • Actors: Naomi Wolf
  • Directors: Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IX4CC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,498 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the vein of 'An Inconvenient Truth' best selling author Naomi Wolf makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. Expertly crafted by award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Devil Came on Horseback & The Trials of Darryl Hunt) comes this provocative film, THE END OF AMERICA based on the New York Times best-seller by the same name. In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) makes a chilling case that American Democracy is under threat. Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities - from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law. With this galvanising call to arms, she urges regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice. Disc 2 includes over 120 minutes of bonus material. Extended interviews with DAniel Ellsberg, ACLU Executive Director Anthony romero, former Director of Intelligence Program (NSC) Vincent Cannistrato plus many more.

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Totally compelling, and the filmmakers' accompanying illustrations transport her comparisons from the abstract to the historic. --Variety

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 7 April 2009
Format: DVD
Some will believe this is an anti-Bush polemic, but it absolutely isn't. Naomi Wolf appears non-partisan - her problem is with the American government, and with what it's become.

We can watch films like The Matrix and V for Vendetta and superficially acknowledge in a slightly thrilled-desensitized way that there are philosophical and political similarities now. I'll qualify that a bit: The Matrix asks people to choose - open our eyes and admit that, as scary as it is, the world around us isn't what we've been lulled into believing. Or, we can keep our eyes closed and pretend all is well. V For Vendetta, meanwhile, depicts a government who have become fundamentally corrupt, where the people are needed to take control once again.

Nowadays, acknowledging the world isn't what we've been told opens you up to being labelled a conspiracy nut... and this is where The End of America is so eye-opening. It doesn't talk about the Illuminati, or the Bilderberg Group; the CFR doesn't get a mention, and the Rothschilds are nowhere to be found. But what it does show - with verifiable, irrefutable documentation and fact - is how fascistic the American government has become and how America is fast becoming a "closed society". It's been a gradual slide, incremental and insidious and Wolf takes us through it methodically, examining the 10 clear steps that all dictators have followed, including - starting with - Hitler:

1) "Invoke an Internal and External Threat" - "The War on Terror" was the method. It allowed the American government to introduce The Patriot Act.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By wyldwyrd on 8 Feb. 2009
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I am heartened that this information is percolating into mainstream consciousness, and bless the brave people who are not afraid to speak out against the tide of fascism that is taking over the world.
Please watch this, and ensure as many of your tribe watch it as possible. It is all coldly factual, coherent and starkly truthful.
So many people are still asleep, unaware and unsuspecting, many willfully so.
But as the months go by, more and more are waking up to reality, or being forcibly awakened by the actions of the Elite. And many people are having their worst fears confirmed by such information as is contained in this documentary.
Unless you are determinedly blind and deaf, you must be aware that democracy, human rights and civil liberties are being eroded in the so-called free world at a terrifying rate, not only in those distant, war-torn lands you watch on the evening news. You can no longer count on your cocoon being inviolate.
For the sake of your children, and the world they will have to live in, you must become informed of the truth, no matter how frightening it is, and you must become active in opposing those whose agendas have no care for you or your children...or the health of your world.
Naomi Wolf isn't the kind of human the mindless media love to portray as a deranged conspiracy theorist - everything she has to say is irrefutably true and self-evident.
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
And it is high time we remembered that we, the 'ordinary' people, have power. And it is high time we took that power back, for the sake of all the children everywhere.
Wouldn't you love to live in a world where children weren't murdered each and every day?
Well, stand up and make it so.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Recycleteen on 26 Nov. 2010
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First off I am absolutely gobsmacked that there are only TWO reviews as I write this. It states in ways that I cannot just how far we have to go to wake up to the world around us. The film is very clear in its approach, direct and resists the urge to demonise. Nothing in it is earth shattering, or really new, but the way it makes its point is; its not trying to convince, but get you to think. There are no easy targets, or answers, just the call to take repsonsibilty for what is done in our name. Her admission that she is afraid adds to the tension of the piece; although her admission that she will shut up just when voices need to be raised shows how well propoganda and coercion work. As she implies in the film, when thinking for yourself makes you a 'conspiracy nut' and facts are for 'geeks', we all need to take a deep breath. Definetly worth watching.
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You may raise an eyebrow at how objective this is, but as an English subject I'd heard of the Patriot Act etc but hadn't appreciated how it and other Acts are effectively bypassing a lot of their Constitution. The 10 step comparison between how Bush's America was created and how Hitler took over had worrying parallels. The Blackwater private mercenaries working for the US Government on American soil to control political rallies et al ? Err, why didn't I hear about this in the British media ? Makes me wonder...,,
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Real Eye Opener 23 Jan. 2009
By MuzaK - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is no joke. It is a documentary about how this past administration have abused their power and have engaged in slowly taking away our rights and liberties. After seeing this film, you will want to start taking action and fight for your rights immediately after the credits. It is almost unbelievable to witness some of the horrifying actions legal and physical that this past administration has performed against citizens of America and innocent individuals across the world. No matter what political slant you may be, I highly recommend purchasing this dvd and spreading the word about these obscenities.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Just as timely now 21 Dec. 2010
By Gary L. Kellogg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I really thought President Obama would substantially dismantle the Bush rush to what will may well end up as a right wing dictatorship, just as this movie portends. Hasn't happened. Not one bit. If not Mr. Obama, then whom? One thing's certain. Left to drift, with our politicians kicking almost every can down almost every road and all the decisions being made behind closed doors as faits accompli, we the people are left adrift and bereft. So we edge towards more disorganization, more fear and therefore a great chance of the end of our civilized, educated, democratic and functional society. As she said, this is not a "Left vs. Right" situation. This is about the fabric of culture itself. Scary stuff.

My only criticism of the documentary is that there is perhaps too much stage time and not quite enough field work. But the points are well made nonetheless.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More than mere "liberal commentary." 31 Mar. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a great movie, and also made a great book. Wolf basically goes over the 10 steps every would-be dictator implements to close down an open and free society. Very scary stuff, especially when she went into the burning of the Reichstag, the "disappearances" of journalists, and the putting of people on the "watch list." Highly recommended movie.
There was an Amazon reviewer that said this was nothing but "liberal drivel." I completely disagree. It is not right-wing nor left-wing. Those things don't matter...they are only there to blind us from the truth, methods of control put in place so that Americans will bicker and argue with each other, pitting brother against brother. For what it's worth, it is a warning, not only to the "young patriot" described in the title of the book, but to all people living in the U.S. Dictatorial government is coming - count on it. This will give you a historical perspective on what happens when people don't intervene in time and put a halt to fascism.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Enlightening, yet Frighteningly True 23 Jan. 2009
By MuzaK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I recently saw the screening of Naomi Wolf's "The End of America" and if I wasn't already frustrated enough with this past administration this film put me over the edge. This documentary depicts how Bush, Cheney, and many others of the past administration have abused their power,taken away many of our liberties, and deceived the citizens of our nation. The film is done very well and depicts some horrific images that arouse the senses, yet also includes a few humorous clips that show the ridiculousness of our ex-president, George W. Bush, and his administration. I highly recommend this movie to those that care about your freedoms and rights as a citizen of this country, no matter what political standpoint.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A POWERFUL & FRIGHTENING BOOK 23 Oct. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This was one of those books that I knew was going to upset me but I had to read it. Ms. Wolf makes a strong case that we are at the brink of losing our democracy; it is justifiable to compare the current neo-conservative movement in America to past repressive regimes. Some of her points:

Black Water, the vigilante group with billions of dollars in their war chest has the ability to take down third world governments and yet owes no allegiance to our constitution.

Countless laws have been broken by our White House and yet no one is held accountable (illegal wire tapping of Americans; misleading Americans into the Iraqi war; torture; outing a CIA agent for political gain; etc.)

Corporations controlling all our media and therefore the flow of information "We The People" receive.

The tampering of our free elections (voter machine fraud, the Supreme Court illegally over riding our democracy and appointing George Bush President; the selective removal of Americans from voting lists; etc.)

Ms. Wolf's point is that these attacks are done boldly and deliberatly to frighten and intimidate Americans into doing nothing.

I found this book to be most terrifying because most Americans aren't even aware that there is a problem. There is a deliberate move in this country to wipe out middle class America (unaffordable educatuion, the end of pensions, the attempt of President Bush to convince Americans that Social Security is bad; unaffordable health insurance, etc.) I hope this DVD release acts as a wake up call to all Americans.
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