TRUST ME is a documentary that explores manipulation and misinformation at the intersection of human nature and information technology and explains how that drives a need for media literacy. Using stories, fact-based information and expert input, TRUST ME answers the question: “The world is doomed. Or, is it?” The film is produced by the Getting Better Foundation, whose mission is to build trust using the truth. 

“…we need to have confidence that improvement is possible. Today’s information diet tends to work against these goals, and it’s essential that we understand how people learn about current affairs and how we can enhance their knowledge about the present and hope for the future. Trust Me is a vivid, engaging, and penetrating portrait of these vital issues.”

Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology - Harvard University
Synopsis: 

TRUST ME shows how an avalanche of negative news and mis-information is creating a perception gap between the perceived state of the world and reality. This leads to mistrust of others, which leads to racism, polarization, mental health disorders and even crime. Sensational media capitalize on our survival instincts to earn clicks and revenue with shocking and too often erroneous headlines – and we’re enabling them each time we share. When fear goes up, it erodes trust. When we don't trust each other, we don't help each other. The trend is an insidious illness that too many are unaware of. TRUST ME uses heartfelt stories, facts and experts to show us the proper way to consume media.
 

Viewers will hear from world-renowned social scientists, neuroscientists and journalists providing   accountings of how a lack of media literacy has led to some of our nation’s most sensational news stories and how media literacy has helped overcome anxiety, depression, even violence and criminal repercussions.  Oscar-nominated Director, Roko Belic has interviewed an aggregate of prominent social scientists, journalists and educators, like Steven Pinker – behavioral psychologist and author of “Enlightenment Now”, Matt Ridley – member of the UK House of Lords and author of “The Rational Optimist” and Paul Zak – Neuroscience professor at Claremont Graduate University and author of “Trust Factor”, as well as other leading experts in education, journalism and healthcare.

Our compelling human stories and expert interviews unveil ways audiences can detect manipulation from media sources, how they can identify valid messaging and self-limit their own sharing/reporting of credible facts, leading to a positive influence on the state of mental health.

 

Reviews

“Whom should you trust in the media? Trust Me addresses this important issue. I’m proud to have been a part of this artful and powerful film that not only addresses the problem but, more importantly, offers solutions. “

Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine
Director's Commentary: 

While the internet offers a world of information to billions of people, it’s not designed to be trustworthy. Stories that go viral and make money for internet platforms are the ones that ignite strong emotions, like fear and outrage, whether they’re true or not. TRUST ME, our feature documentary film, shares moving, real-life stories of the people who disseminate fake news and those who have suffered and even lost their lives because of malicious online rumors. It reveals the depth of misinformation campaigns at a time when even our presidential elections are at risk. And it shows how, despite the daunting challenges we face, we can fix this if we are committed, compassionate and – most fundamentally – informed.

 

Producer’s Statement – Joe Phelps – “TRUST ME”:

The Getting Better Foundation produced “Trust Me” to help narrow the perception gap between how too many people view the world vs what empirical data show to be positive evolution in terms of violence, poverty and healthcare.  It is relevant and timely because that misperception is causing a loss of truth in each other, which, in turn, inhibits our progress.   Joe Phelps, Producer