Merchants of Doubt

This special screening was part of our film-lover's guide to taking environmental action in the first 100 days of the new White House administration. 


Robert Kenner





Running Time

94 mins 


SFGFF Film Program: 

Green Film Fest Screening - February 21, 2017

Film screening, followed by discussion on who gets the headlines and to tell the story now, with Dr. Stanton Glatnz, UCSF & featured in the film and Rose Aguilar, host 'Your Call' on KALW.

A month into the new White House administration, in a world where post-truth rules the airwaves, Robert Kenner's documentary Merchants of Doubt is more relevant than ever.

Climate-deniers have their own spin tactics and they're using them to take over our government offices. They tested their tricks in the tobacco industry, and now they're aiming them at the environmental movement.

Merchants of Doubt lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire. They present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.

Director Robert Kenner has won an array of awards for his documentary work exposing some of today’s lease talked of, but most impactful, social and environmental issues. His film Food, INC. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys.