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The viewer meets the people who produce this news network. There's the director Samir Khader, the chain smoking and cynical head of the organization. He freely admits he'd be willing to work for Fox News if offered the job and wants to send his children to America for their educations. There's Hassan Ibrahim, a former BBC correspondent. He's a well-spoken pudgy man with a clear mind, who sees the world through a slightly different filter that I do. And a lot of what he says makes sense challenging my perceptions on a very human level. There's Deema Khatib, one of the Al Jazeera staff members, whose playful expressive large brown eyes sparkle with a great sense of humor, She's unveiled and modern and obviously well educated. Then there is Lieutenant Josh Rushing, who clearly is doing his best to explain U.S. policy. He's blue eyed and personable and very American and has a calm demeanor and a high intellect. His interchanges with Al Jazeera personnel show a depth of understanding for all sides of the question. And yet he is steadfast in his support of America.
The film begins in March 2003 as American troops invade Iraq. Al Jazeera shows pictures of the casualties. The American news media does not. Al Jazeera is fast to point out some troubling realities of American foreign policy.Read more ›
One would think Michael Moore funded this documentary from the damning evidence presented, but Noujaim is nothing but thorough in illustrating the Bush administration's changing rationales for invading Iraq, the use of fear in the media to manipulate public opinion, the martyrdom of Jessica Lynch, the card deck identifying the most wanted men in Hussein's regime, and the suspiciously coincidental bombing deaths of three different Arab journalists on the same day by American planes. Al-Jazeera's perspective is unsurprisingly countered by Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, who accuses the news agency of faking pictures of civilian deaths.Read more ›
"Control Room"'s director Jehane Noujaim, whose last documentary was "Startup.com", is half American and half Egyptian. The film's producer and cinematographer, Hani Safama, is half Bosnian and half Egyptian. "Control Room" not only shows the other side of coin, the what and why of Iraq war coverage by an Arab network, but the film contemplates the role of the media in modern warfare. Jehane Noujaim obtained daily access to two Al-Jazeera employees, whom we get to know well over the course of the film. Samir Khader is a world-weary, stressed-out Senior Producer at the network.Read more ›
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I went into this movie, as I suspect a lot of people did, with the view that Al Jazeera was mostly an outlet for terrorists to publicize their atrocities. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Liza Stevens
i heard about this online, and since i am a fan of documentaries, thought I'd give it a try. It was only okay. no narration to lead the story along. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Chris W.
Why they are not showing women and children who were killed when Saddam invaded Kuwait? This movie is one sided and promotes terrorism.Published on April 21, 2013 by Ronald Smith
This documentary was excellent. Attempted to show the other side of the Iraq war, instead of the biased propaganda that is shoved down the American throats. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Blah
Al Jezeera did broadcasts of the Iraq war on location in Iraq. This documentary looks at their perspective on the war. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by Mark Dell