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Filmmaker explores rise of right-wing media in documentary called 'The Brainwashing of My Dad'

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As a part of Media Literacy Week, and a day after Tuesday's midterm elections, Ivy Tech Community College will be screening Jen Senko's documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad." 

Media Literacy Week extends from Nov. 5 to Nov. 9 and aims to bring visibility and attention to media literacy education in the United States, according to the National Association for Media Literacy Education’s website

The film, which was released in 2015, explores the rise of the right-wing media through the eyes of Senko's father, who was a life-long nonpolitical Democrat and World War II veteran. The focus of the documentary is on the influences media had on Senko's father once he started listening to talk radio during his commute to work, changing him into an angry, right-wing fanatic, according to the film's website.

Senko interviews people like American linguist Noam Chomsky and writer Eric Boehlert to help unravel plans to shift the country to the "right" through media manipulation. 

Her film asks questions about who owns the country's airwaves and what rights the country's listeners and watchers have to truly free and truthful information, according to the website. 

"The Brainwashing of My Dad" will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Shreve Hall at Ivy Tech followed by a Skype Q&A with Senko. The event is free to attend, and more information can be found at Visit Bloomington's website.

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