Grades 10-12, College, Adult
Directed by Gabriele Zamparini
Produced by Gabriele Zamparini, Lorenzo Meccoli
VHS Purchase $150, Rent $85
US Release Date: 2005
Copyright Date: 2003
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-259-9
War and Peace
Awards and Festivals
Audience Award For Best TV Series at Documenta Madrid (Spain)
Jury Special Mention, Outstanding Film in the Long Documentary Film Competition at Ismailia International Festival for Documentaries and Short Films (Egypt)
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam
XXI Century Series|
...and nothing but the truth
Looks at the failure of the mainstream media to ask important questions and cover opposing points of view.
In Part 3 the mainstream media is put on trial, including those news outlets, which sold their soul and worked as the propaganda arm of the Bush Administration.
Amongst the charges are: failure to cover massive anti-war demonstrations, failure to include opposing points of view, self-censorship on television and even in journals, willing co-optation through embedment in the armed forces, undemocratic concentration of media ownership in fewer and fewer hands, failure to provide context, such as the history of American foreign policy in the Middle East, and failure to report that the enormous weight of world public opinion opposed the war.
Those commenting include Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Princeton historian Arno Mayer, Greg Palast of the BBC and The Guardian, Katha Pollitt of The Nation, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Emily Reinhardt of Indymedia, and Danny Schechter of MediaChannel.org.
Other titles in the series are:
the dawn (part I) A look at what really happened in the presidential elections of 2000.
...and the pursuit of happiness (part II) The aftermath of 9/11: the war on terror, the Patriot Act, the looming Iraq war and massive peace demonstrations.
war, peace and patriotism (part IV) Patriotism, the 'chicken-hawks' and weapons of mass destruction.
civilization (part V) Iraq's history -- from the 'cradle of civilization' to the first Gulf War and UN sanctions.
blood and oil (part VI) The stated reasons, and the real reasons, for the Iraq war.
pax americana (part VII) Spreading human rights and democracy...or empire?
"An exceptionally well done panorama of significant political events surrounding September 11th, 2001 and the American Empire."
"Highly revealing! A documentary which celebrates the peace movement while fueling your rage to danger levels."