February 22nd, 2016 6:30 PM to 9:30pm

Educational, Entertainment & Film

Gallery Stratford

551 Huron St

Two names that invariably spring to mind when we think of hard-hitting political journalism are Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and 60 Minutes.  Rather contributed to many stories for CBSs flagship news-magazine program, including the one that essentially ended his forty-year association with the network in 2006: an expose on how, as a young man, George W. Bush allegedly got a cushy post with the Air National Guard to avoid deployment in Vietnam.  Coming as it did late in his re-election campaign in 2004, the story had the potential to end Bushs presidency after one term.  Instead, it derailed the careers of both Rather and Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), the Peabody Award-winning producer behind the controversial story.Based on Mapes 2005 memoir, Truth and Duty, this directorial debut from screenwriter James Vanderbilt is as much a political thriller in the vein of All the Presidents Men as it is an investigative narrative about dirty tricks in the US political

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