Friday, January 23, 4:00 pm, Market Hall



  • James Spione
  • 100 minutes
  • 2014
  • USA
  • Friday, January 23, 4:00 pm, Market Hall

Sponsored by Council of Canadians

Founders Prize, Special Award, Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan, 2014; Golden Strands, Outstanding Documentary feature (in Recognition of Social Action), Tallgrass Film Festival, Witchita, 2014

What would you risk to tell the truth? Who controls the truth?

In Silenced, three National Security whistleblowers fight to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror, challenging a government that is increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.

            After the events of September 11, 2001, what really happened inside the U.S. security establishment that caused it to so radically change course in profound and lasting ways?

            Academy Award nominated documentarian James Spione (working with executive producer Susan Sarandon) investigates the arc of post-9/11 history leading up to today’s headlines. Speaking for the first time in one film, three of the most important whistleblowers of the era discuss in dramatic and unprecedented detail the evolution of the government’s increasingly harsh response to unauthorized disclosures. We see the personal cost of telling the truth.

            Exploring the unique courage and character it takes to challenge unethical behaviour from within the U.S. national security establishment, Silenced offers a provocative critique of systemic failures of the U.S. government and its draconian over-reactions – and challenges the national narrative of America as the victim, and of an America that protects liberties at home and abroad.