• Publication date: August 17, 2010

This Revolution This Revolution

Jake Cassevetes is an embedded cameraman returning from Iraq. As a videographer, ...

Jake Cassevetes is an embedded cameraman returning from Iraq. As a videographer, he has documented the ongoing violence occurring in the country, including numerous instances of civilian casualties at the hands of occupied forces. While there, Jake sends his work to Chloe Harden, his love interest and producer at the fictional BCN television network. For years the cameraman has believed in the neutrality of American media, and its sincere attempt at objectivity – despite corporate interests and government pressure. His beliefs are tested however when BCN refuses to broadcast controversial footage exposing the blatant murder of Iraqi civilians. Still he continues to work for the channel and stubbornly upholds his idealist views. On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Jake is dispatched to capture the words and actions of activists who oppose the event’s presence. He not only does so, but also manages to befriend a group of anarchist protesters eager to share their views with the world. When the footage is returned to BCN, however, Jake learns that rather than prepare it for broadcast, it was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for review. Unbeknownst to him, BCN and the DHS have had an ongoing agreement, where the network supplies them with footage from political events, allegedly to identify potential terror suspects. The tapes are actually being used to keep an up to date list of American activists, who will then be targeted by the government for extra surveillance and scrutiny. Upon learning this Jake abruptly joins the protesters, determined to overthrow government and corporate manipulation of mass media. Rapper and political activist Immortal Technique is featured in the film.