(04/11/08) – The American essayist and lecturer, Naomi Wolf, will be attending Sheffield Doc/Fest (5-9 November) for the European premiere of the new film The End of America. Based on her best-selling book of the same name, The End of America is a critique of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years in which Wolf makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. It presents interviews and comments from legal, military, academic, and civilians affected by these developments.
Wolf, known to many for debunking manufactured beauty in her book, The Beauty Myth, became concerned about the erosion of civil liberties in the United States. Her research led her to consider the histories of Italy, Russia, Germany, Chile, El Salvador, Burma and other countries over the last 70 to 80 years. In 2007, she published The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot in which she outlines 10 fault lines where democracies can fail and freedom is compromised. The End of America is directed by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Sterns. The author will be present at both screenings on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November.