After his Oscar-nominated phenomenon “Food Inc.,” documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner is back with another illuminative, disturbing study of American corporate power.
“Merchants of Doubt” looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change. The film played the festival circuit late last year and earned solid reviews, including a rave from the Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan who called it “as fascinating as it is horrifying.”
In an exclusive clip posted below, the film’s subjects tease how they manipulate scientific evidence, and why they’re deliberately deceiving the public. “The reason that we need the science to be wrong,” explains one pundit, “is otherwise, we’d realize that we need to change.”
An unnerving foray into the depth of deceit that clouds our relied-upon information, this excerpt only hints at the cumulative power held by “Merchants of Doubt.” Watch the exclusive clip below, before its release in New York City on March 6.