“Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly like a thief in the night…” -Niall Ferguson, The Fight For Our Lives
As the lights dimmed over a sparsely-populated audience in an intimate two-tiered theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, far more than a standard documentary was beginning. Producer and director Gloria Z. Greenfield of Doc Emet Productions set out to simultaneously tell a history and an epic with her documentary The Fight Of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against The West. The payoff at the film’s New York City premiere on May 1st, 2018 was nothing short of powerful.
Cleanly organized and featuring an all-star cast of political and religious scholars, the documentary warns how Western society has embraced cultures and ideologies hell-bent on the West’s destruction, and how fragile Western civilization is in the face of this foe. The documentary gives a thorough summary of conservative thought with an immediacy that challenges the viewer to not just agree, but to boldly champion the cause of freedom against its opponents.
The film’s extremely organized format exposes the many tactics that the West’s opponents use to infiltrate and defeat traditional Western values. The film wastes no time striking the topics at their core. The titles of the seven segments (the Biblical use of seven is a welcome coincidence, at least), Utopian Masks, Crumbling Towers, Weaponizing Identity, Breaching the Gates, People of the Book, Durable Values, and Standing Up, tell an epic three-act tale within themselves. First, it begins by discussing the utopian illusion of idealism, then how opponents use this idealism to engage in guerilla warfare tactics, and finally what glimmer of hope exists for the defenders of Western values.
Each section systematically targets the spectrum of conservative issues: the use of moral relativism to weaken traditional values, the attack on Free Speech in universities, the escalation of anti-Semitism in the past 100 years, the rise of immigration and terrorism in the West, and much more. With no compromises made for sensitivity, each of the thirty-one experts weighs in with the blunt truths and staggering facts with a self-propelled passion so infectious that it escapes the screen.
The documentary subverts the traditional narrated format, propelled only by scholarly interviews from the likes of Niall Ferguson, Melanie Phillips, Alan Dershowitz, Peter Berkowitz, Jason Friedman, Emanuele Ottolenghi, and scores of others. Their only aids are the editing by Alain Jakubowicz and the score by Jean Michel Guirao. Jakubowicz seamlessly weaves historical images synchronously with both gut-wrenching poignancy and awe-inspiring optimism, while Jean Michel Guirao’s dynamic score deserves special acclaim for bringing vibrancy and the breadth of emotional color that feels effortless.
As the lights rose through the closing credits, the applause was small but mighty; the sparsely-populated audience had experienced an epic of philosophy and ideology deserving of a far larger audience. Greenfield’s masterpiece succeeds in merging information, ardor, and art into a must-see manifesto on preserving Western values and freedoms. It is a journey through tradition, struggle, war, creed, and hope that every conservative so badly needs in this turbulent time of international politics. As Ayaan Hirsi Ali decries in the film, “It’s not about left or right- it’s about all of us.”
The Fight Of Our Lives is available for purchase at www.thefightofourlives.com.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.