Joseph Pulitzer spoke of “fake news” over 100 years ago and fought the dangers that the suppression of news augured for democracy long before our present threats to press freedom.
Director Oren Rudavsky’s (The Ruins of Lifta, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America) riveting account traces Pulitzer’s unlikely rise from a penniless Jewish immigrant to a baron of the press. A founding father of modern journalism, Pulitzer navigated warmongering, persistent anti-Semitism, and aggressively hostile governments in his pursuit of the news but his legacy was also complicated by union-busting, accusations of yellow journalism and fraught family relations. Altogether, it’s a fascinating account of a towering figure who shaped our media landscape while living through—and affecting—some of the greatest upheavals in modern US history.
Narrated by Adam Driver and featuring voice work from Liev Schreiber, Rachel Brosnahan, Hugh Dancy, and Lauren Ambrose.
Screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Oren Rudavsky.