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We live in a world where the powerful deceive us.
We know they lie.
They know, we know they lie.
They don’t care.
We say we care but we do nothing.
And nothing ever changes.
It’s normal.
Welcome to the post-truth world.

WE LIVE in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed – they have no idea what to do.

HyperNormalisation is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

It shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West – not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves – have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us we accept it as normal.

But there is another world outside. Forces that politicians tried to forget and bury forty years ago – that then festered and mutated – but which are now turning on us with a vengeful fury. Piercing through the wall of our fake world.

Also watch the new short film by Adam Curtis for VICE.

We are too trapped in a system. We cannot see beyond it. But there is more out there.

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HyperNormalisation ( 2 hours, 46 minutes ) premiered on BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday 16 October, 2016.

Kevin Adam Curtis (born 1955) is an English documentary film-maker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is “power and how it works in society“, and his works explore areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. Curtis describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded via the medium of film. His films have won four BAFTAs. He has been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career. [wiki]