Newspeak (25minutes/2011/Ken Fero/Migrant Media)
Truth is the first casualty of war and 'Newspeak' explores just how media is currently controlled in the UK through power structures like Ofcom. Using poetry and experimental visual techniques the film is a personal journey with filmmaker Ken Fero reflecting on how the radical content of certain images - deaths in police custody, Occupy London the invasion of Iraq, workers uprisings - remain hidden from UK audiences.
The film uses strong political statements to expose the forces seeking to censor the media. The challenging style of 'Newspeak' offers a visual essay that unites the mothers of those killed by the British police with the Palestinian children who were victims of Operation Cast Lead, exposes the bloodlust for oil that lead to British interference in Iran and shows how, in all these areas, there is always resistance, always survivors always a memory.
A Migrant media Production for News Anew.
Update: This film was broadcast on Sky on the 20th January 2012. Shortly after the broadcast, at 3.00pm, Ofcom revoked Press TV’s licence to broadcast in the UK and was taken off air. This was the last film broadcast by the channel and was made as a response to the impending act of censorship as outlined in 'Newspeak'.