I’m a stubborn person. When I feel like I’m being attacked for writing about controversial topics, it actually inspires me to post more of them. Unfollow me if you need to, but I’m not going to be intimidated into silence.
I believe that history repeats when people ignore the wrongs of the past. I often wondered how and why so many “good” German people became corrupted by Hitler. Mass brainwashing, but how did that happen? Propaganda. If propaganda is done correctly, the audience won’t realize that it’s being programmed. Movies can be a powerfully effective medium for propaganda.
I studied film critique classes when I was in college, it wasn’t my major focus of study but I had enough credits to minor in it. We were taught to notice everything that was included within the frame and to pay attention to the minute details. The set and film props weren’t just decorative elements, they represented clues and deeper meanings that had a subconscious effect on the audience. Everything from the camera angle/the POV (point of view), to the clothing, the predominant colors of the set and character’s names all had deep significance.
My instructor had a distinct dislike of blockbuster/Hollywood films because she thought they were intended as simple entertainment/escapism vs the political/social commentary and awareness found within foreign “art films”. She believed that Hollywood films were formulaic and brain dead fluff. The audience of mainstream films were supposed to relax into a fantasy world to temporarily leave the stress of reality; whereas in art films you were constantly reminded that you were watching a film and you were supposed to decode the film’s cryptic message. Art films were designed to spark further (philosophical) questions afterwards. My professor thought that Hollywood films were superficial and pointless, but I think they’re potentially devious and full of subversive programming.
Films are meticulously crafted, if you’re shown red shoes looming in the foreground of the frame it’s usually there to represent something, it’s not just there randomly. Sometimes the symbols are subconsciously absorbed and sometimes it’s glaringly obvious, especially if you know what to look for. Camera angles can represent the viewpoint and perspective of the characters (and the audience) and the editing of films are deliberate; jump cuts, fades, montages and the soundtrack can all create a mood that can subtly manipulate an audience’s feelings and perceptions. The use of colors and music are powerful tools, they’re both known to affect people’s moods. Artists can expertly inject anger, fear or joy into a scene with great effect. Clothing can also say a lot about the characters of the film; often the clothing styles of the characters change as they evolve within the film to represent their inner growth and change.
When I first saw the dystopian film, The Hunger Games I couldn’t help but notice the WWII tone of the film right from the opening scene and onwards throughout the entire trilogy. I thought the films were entertaining and had emotionally moving moments but I could sense that there was a strong level of manipulation within the narrative. On the surface it’s a coming-of-age love story of survival and victory over a corrupt government, but if you look more closely, the heroes are represented as Nazis, they display and wear their symbolism openly. Why would the creators of the films deliberately do this?
Katniss is the Mockingjay/*Mockingbird:
Katniss and Peeta both represent the Phoenix:
The Hunger Games Quarter Quell mirrors WWII’s 1936 Olympic Games and the nature of propaganda.
What is predictive programming? What is propaganda? What is social conditioning? Does the CIA influence Hollywood films? What is MK Ultra? What is Project Mockingbird? What is Operation Paperclip? What is Monarch? What is Celebrity?
The people in district 12 are impoverished coal miners, and all the districts with the exception of the Capital, are continually controlled and punished for losing the previous war. This situation parallels the “oppression” of the Germans after WWI which fueled their “rebellion”, which launched Adolf Hitler and the nazis into totalitarian power.
MK Ultra wasn’t directly acknowledged by Bill Clinton when he formally apologized to the victims of government controlled experiments but I think his apology was meant to extend to them also:
Whenever I bring up the occult, black magic or Satanism I think it triggers certain people. Some people even try to make fun of me for exposing this information but I think they’re secretly afraid that I’m right. Denial of traumatic concepts is an automatic response, but denial doesn’t make a negative reality go away. It’s like how little babies think that you disappear during “peek a boo”, (I can’t see you, so you don’t exist mentality).
I personally don’t believe in a literal devil, but I think that many people actually do. Just because it seems fantastical doesn’t mean that there aren’t people that devote their entire lives to a belief in Lucifer/Satan. I believe that evil exists as a choice that people make, and I think there’s Karma (cause and effect of the choices we make). Many celebrities have admitted to being Satanists but the general public views it as a joke or a publicity stunt. They display symbols and seem to communicate with each other in code. I live in the Bay Area and there’s an official Church of Satan here that was started by Anton LaVey. Satanism exists whether we want it to or not and it’s gaining in mainstream popularity.
Occult/supernatural creatures and imagery:
I searched for “predictive programming, propaganda and Hunger Games” and found the article below. I don’t agree with all the information presented but I came up with similar observations.
Predictive Programming/Riots/Mockingbird Propaganda:
In an interview with The Guardian, Donald Sutherland, the actor who portrayed President Snow admitted to the propaganda intention of the film, of young people in revolt against an unjust government:
“Donald Sutherland wants to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that will overturn the US as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way.”…
“The Canadian actor has a venerable record of leftwing activism dating back to support for the Black Panthers”…
‘Hopefully they will see this film and the next film and the next film and then maybe organise. Stand up.’
“It is a neat marketing pitch: go see the movie not to swell a Hollywood blockbuster’s box office but to fan a flame that will make the world a better place”…
‘I just think they’re not organised. It’s not something that’s happening in the universities, which is normally the breeding ground for that kind of activity.’
“The Hunger Games, Sutherland suggests, is a coded commentary on inequality, power and hope. ‘It just puts things out in the light and lets you have a look at it. And if you take from it what I hope you will take from it, it will make you think a little more pungently about the political environment you live in and not be complacent.’
‘Four films spread over as many years can have a cumulative impact,’ he says. ‘Young people may not revolt,’ he concedes, ‘but they may effect profound change. They might create a third party. They might change the electoral process, they might be able to take over the government, change the tax system.’”https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/nov/19/donald-sutherland-hunger-games-catching-fire
Aryan Utopia/Fairytale Ending:
Hunger Games Prequel, Sympathy for the devil:
“The “Hunger Games” prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” has revealed its protagonist, and it’s sending the internet into a tizzy — because it’s none other than creepy President Snow.
Entertainment Weekly reported this news on Tuesday, writing, “But what if there was more to him than we knew? What if he could be — crazy as it may sound — a hero?”…
President Snow — played by a sneering Donald Sutherland, 84, in the movies — is an evil dictator who threatened to murder Katniss’ family if she didn’t stay in line. He also forced Finnick (played by Sam Claflin, 33, in the movies) to be a prostitute, and had Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, 27) tortured until he was a hollow shell of his former self.”…
“I couldn’t be more disappointed by the next HUNGER GAMES being about f–king President Snow and trying to paint him as a ‘misunderstood hero’ are you kidding me,” wrote another fan, garnering over 2,500 likes, and adding, “the very last thing i’m interested in is humanizing a fascist dictator because he has a ~tragic past~.”https://nypost.com/2020/01/22/why-the-hunger-games-prequel-book-is-so-controversial/
Predictive Programming has a worldwide effect:
Look what’s happening in Thailand:
The power of programming within a popular film can deeply effect people’s psyche and can inspire people to re-enact the actions and symbols of the film. When fiction inspires real life, the programming has succeeded.