The title and those lively Bill Plympton animations may suggest otherwise, but "The Brainwashing of My Dad" has something more serious on its mind.
Witnessing her aging Caucasian father turn from Kennedy Democrat into an "enraged and unreachable"
Building her case with helpful backup from the likes of respected academic Noam Chomsky, Senko constructs a detailed timeline — narrated by
Before her dad's death earlier this year, Senko saw him return to a kinder, gentler semblance of his former fairer and more balanced self after her mom literally reprogrammed him — or, at least, the TV remote — while turning off the radio and swapping out his email newsletters for daily briefings from the progressive Truthout.
Although Senko ultimately overplays Hillary Clinton's "vast right-wing conspiracy" card, her film, with its timely "Trumpian" reverberations, nevertheless serves up some compelling food for thought.
"The Brainwashing of My Dad."
Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes.