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Movie Natters: October 26, 2007 Archive

"Indoctrinate U" poses some uncomfortable questions

Posted at 6:11 PM on October 26, 2007 by Euan Kerr (3 Comments)

Evan Coyne Maloney's documentary "Indoctrinate U" makes the argument that the free speech activists of the 60's who demanded open debate on US colleges have now become the suppressers of speech they don't like on those self-same campuses.

The film will screen for the next week at the Oak Street in Minneapolis, right on the edge of the U of M campus.

Maloney, who will introduce the film tonight, presents case after case of conservative students who have been harassed, abused, and threatened by other students and in sometimes faculty for presenting their beliefs.

It's a serious charge, and clearly there are some problems which need addressed.

Maloney goes in search of answers several times with his camera rolling, cornering sheepish looking college officials who seem unwilling or unable to answer his questions. Usually each expedition ends with the arrival of campus security who lead him off the premises.

It's good theater, but unfortunately Maloney doesn't dig very deep into the root causes of the situation, nor does he give much of a sense as to how broad a problem it is in reality.

I'm intrigued to see what reaction the film draws at the U.

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