Terrorism Light and Dark

Directed by: Various

The second Dennis Nyback program looks at terrorism in popular culture pre-9/11 to reveal underlying fear and loathing in our national mindset. Cartoons, silent comedies, propaganda and political spots struggle to define terrorism, and often either dismiss it with satire or use it to inspire fear for political gain. The program draws parallels between a US Government film What You Need to Know About Biological Warfare (1952), the Warner Brothers cartoon Wake Up the Gypsy in Me (1933), a documentary about Japanese internment camps, Buster Keaton’s Cops (1922), and a warning about an imminent communist attack by Ronald Reagan. Nyback will introduce the films and answer questions.

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