THE BROADCAST OF CONSPIRACY RISING HAS BEEN PRE-EMPTED. SCENE WILL UPDATE WHEN WE HAVE THE NEW DATE. Aliens have visited our planet. 9/11 was an inside job. Diana's death was not an accident. Conspiracy theories are everywhere but how and why do we believe them? Andy Blicq reflects on the making of Conspiracy Rising:
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Conspiracy Rising airs on Thursday, October 20, on Doc Zone on CBC Television at 9:00 p.m.
A documentary by Winnipeg filmmaker Andy Blicq explores this curious phenomenon in Conspiracy Rising.
In the spring of 2011, Ground Zero was a very unlikely tourist attraction. The entire site was surrounded by a four metre fence. Visitors could see very little. Behind the scenes, an army of construction workers was working feverishly to complete the re-construction in time for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 calamity. In order to get a decent shot, we had to rent a hotel room on an upper floor of the Millenium Hilton, across the street. The Price? $200 for a couple of hours. God Bless America.
How we remember and what we think about the events of September 11th, 2001, is at the heart of our documentary Conspiracy Rising. For our family from Paris, it is simply a tragedy, a turning point of history. But for many others the site represents something more sinister.
"This whole place should be a memorial dedicated to the lives that was lost due to due to the tragedy," one New Yorker told us. "But as you can see, big business as usual. Man like I said, powerful forces at work, my brother. Be very careful where you stick your camera. You know, powerful forces at work, man."
He is not alone. Millions of people in America and around the world doubt the official version of events that surround the 9/11 attacks. As we worked on Conspiracy Rising it became clear that we now live in an Age of Suspicion - where many choose - with some justification - to question the word of government. We set out to explore that phenomenon...and found some fundamental elements of human nature that fuel all those suspicions.
Here in Canada, we're fortunate enough to have the right to choose what we believe and to express our opinions. But after working on this film, I believe those rights come with a duty. A responsibility to examine the evidence - whether its the government line, or the conspiracy theorists' allegations in the cold light of day, because, as you will see, there is danger in simply giving into fear and ignorance and blindly accepting someone else's version of the truth.
THE BROADCAST OF CONSPIRACY RISING HAS BEEN PRE-EMPTED. SCENE WILL UPDATE WHEN WE HAVE THE NEW DATE.
Aliens have visited our planet. 9/11 was an inside job. Diana's death was not an accident. Conspiracy theories are everywhere but how and why do we believe them?
Andy Blicq reflects on the making of Conspiracy Rising: