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Al Manar TV: In the Name of the Hezbollah

Olivier Ferraro , Elisabeth Drevillon  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Directors: Olivier Ferraro, Elisabeth Drevillon
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synkronized USA
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IB0ET8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Global interest in Hezbollah was heightened by the recent war between Israel and the Beirut-based organization. This documentary goes where few have gone before, exploring the group's Television operation Al-Manar, which has a world wide audience estimated at over 200 million.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conflict without End April 2, 2009
Pretty interesting. Will appeal primarily to aficionados of the Middle East conflict. The French directors and producers of this subtitled documentary attack the Al Manar station for lacking journalistic objectivity and serving as an anti-Israeli propaganda arm of the Lebanese Shiite militants known as Hezzbolah. But the station managers and journalists unabashedly acknowledge the charges and openly proclaim that their aim is the elimination of Israel
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2.0 out of 5 stars Falls off the high horse with a thud May 28, 2008
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People have attempted to compare this "collection of clips" (because it fails as a documentary) to the powerhouse, Control Room (which was a superb look at Al Jazeera and American Media during Iraq Invasion) and they are all sadly mistaken. This "video" is definitely not a documentary and more a political screed against the station itself (there is no look at the history of the station in relation to the resistance group, nor any back history about the images of the IDF presented) with every image or statement by Al-Manar employees paused on the screen and harangued by a French Media Studies prof living in Paris (Frederic Lambert) with no background/history/knowledge of the Middle East or Lebanon. Hence the directors get around the documentary dictum that they must show a view as opposed to simply saying it, by having the French Professor stand in for them, and harangue the station. Bad form and if you've seen the subtle, almost natural flow found in Control Room, absolutely horrendous.

There is also an attempt to make the employees at Al-Manar look like brainwashed no-nothings which doesn't really hold given that the station and each of its employees states that the purpose of the station is to put out media from THEIR perspective. They openly admit that it is propaganda (the neutral usage of term), so the attempts of the directors and narrators to punish/condemn their news as propaganda always falls flat and makes the directors seem like the robots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent look at Islamofascist propaganda December 18, 2007
This DVD looks at al-Manar, the TV channel run by Hezbollah and broadcast via satellite all over the world. The team which filmed the documentary did a pretty good job, including a clip of one Palestinian who said al-Manar did not speak for him: "They say we're all ready to blow ourselves up. Well I'M not ready!" And another clip of a broadcaster at the TV station being asked the question if it was fair to compare Israelis to the Nazis when the Nazis killed over 6 million Jews. "IF that really happened." The guy said under his breath. Then he did some song and dance thing about how the numbers were exagerrated and it was all Zionist propaganda anyway.

Very eye-opening.
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