Truth To Power is educational, eye-opening, and motivating!
Truth To Power is a powerful documentary film by System Of A Down’s very own Serj Tankian. It walks you through the birth of the nu-metal band, lightly touches on their ups and downs, and dives deep into Serj’s relentless journey to change the world. I have been a fan of System of a Down since 2000 when I was just a Jr. High kid who wanted to listen to a new band that would immediately change my life. Their music has always been inspiring to me and was the soundtrack of my youth.
Truth To Power allows audiences backstage access to an international rock star whose faith in music not only revolutionized heavy metal, but also world events. Throughout his life, the musician has pursued social justice, harnessing the power of his songs and celebrity for real political change. Serj’s voice is equally likely to take on American corporate greed as lambast the corrupt regime of his homeland. His decades-long campaign for formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide was finally approved by Congress in 2019.
This documentary film shows that music can change the world. I got goosebumps listening to Serj discussing his life and giving us a rare look into his journey from childhood to the present day. I loved learning many random facts about Serj, such as that the poems that he wrote before his music career would later become lyrics to many of his songs. His words have always been beautiful, powerful, and thought-provoking. His life mission to rectify injustice is the soul of this film. The fight to get Armenia’s genocide recognized is incorporated throughout the documentary, as is the backbone of the Serj’s identity and System Of A Down’s purpose. Truth To Power is pieced together nicely and well-paced as it is, engaging and inspiring. You will easily walk away from this film with more knowledge and great respect for Serj.
I give Truth To Power a 9 out of 10. It is a rare look into Serj Tankian’s life that fans and activists will appreciate. You will also get a better understanding of the suffering that the people of Armenia have experienced.
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