Trust Me

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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Focus: Democracy
Festival Encore
Running Time:91 min.
Director:Roko Belic
Producer:Joe Phelps
Caree Davis
Rosemary Smith
Screenwriter:Roko Belic
Cinematographer:Matt Clarke
Print Source:Wadi Rum Films
Note Writer:Diane de Monx


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view until 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 25.


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If you’ve felt the weight of the world on your shoulders as a result of our 24-hour news cycle or felt negative thoughts invade your daily life after endlessly scrolling through social media, you’re definitely not alone. Following his 2012 documentary Happy, in which he ventured to over a dozen countries seeking out the meaning and source of happiness, Oscar®-nominated documentarian Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) takes an investigative look at the darker side of the modern human experience, exploring how we consume, process, share and internalize media messages in the digital age. Addressing a range of critical issues from confirmation bias to fake news, Trust Me examines not only the psychological effects but the emotional and social ramifications of misinformation on society, on democracy, and on our mental health—particularly for younger generations who’ve known no other reality. With testimonies from a wide range of media and psychology experts alongside everyday media consumers of all ages, Belic outlines the inherent dangers in spreading false information as well as some tangible solutions. Stressing the critical need for media literacy and journalistic integrity, Trust Me makes the decisive case for each and every one of us to become more informed media consumers.

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Roko Belic is a multi-award winning filmmaker whose work has been theatrically distributed and broadcast around the world. He directs, writes, shoots, and edits feature and short films for his company, Wadi Rum Films, and for external clients. His films have won over one hundred international film festival awards including the Sundance Audience Award and a nomination for an Academy Award®.