If you’ve felt the weight of the world on your shoulders as a result of our 24-hour news cycle or felt negative thoughts invade your daily life after endlessly scrolling through social media, you’re definitely not alone. Following his 2012 documentary Happy, in which he ventured to over a dozen countries seeking out the meaning and source of happiness, Oscar®-nominated documentarian Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) takes an investigative look at the darker side of the modern human experience, exploring how we consume, process, share and internalize media messages in the digital age. Addressing a range of critical issues from confirmation bias to fake news, Trust Me examines not only the psychological effects but the emotional and social ramifications of misinformation on society, on democracy, and on our mental health—particularly for younger generations who’ve known no other reality. With testimonies from a wide range of media and psychology experts alongside everyday media consumers of all ages, Belic outlines the inherent dangers in spreading false information as well as some tangible solutions. Stressing the critical need for media literacy and journalistic integrity, Trust Me makes the decisive case for each and every one of us to become more informed media consumers.. Director Roko Belic (US 2020) 91 min
Available with Closed Caption.
The screening will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion featuring:
ROKO BELIC director, Trust Me
MICHELLE CIULLA LIPKIN executive director, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
KALINA KULA student, High School 1327
DR. ROBERT LUSTIG, M.D., M.S.L neuroendocrinologist; professor, UCSF
Moderator: JOANNE PARSONT CFI Director of Education
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