This beautifully shot black-and-white film chronicles the conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. Murrow (Strathairn) tenaciously defies corporate pressures to broadcast McCarthy’s lies and scaremongering tactics. Strikingly salient in light of perceived partisanship in the media today, this film is a powerful examination of the encroachment of government on civil liberties. Strathairn is best known for roles in L.A. Confidential and The Firm and award-winning parts in independent films such as Passion Fish and City of Hope. 2005, U.S., BW, 35mm, 90 minutes. A Warner Independent Pictures release.