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The Panama Deception (1992)

A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.

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Carlos Cantú ...
English Voice-over (voice) (as Carlos Cantu)
Diviana Ingravallo ...
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Abraham Alvarez ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashton Bancroft ...
Himself - President: Refugee Committee
Manuel Becker ...
Himself - Panamanian Cameraman
Larry Birns ...
Himself - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Esmeralda Brown ...
Herself - UN Methodist Office
Humberto Brown ...
Himself - Former Panamanian Diplomat
Eugene Carroll ...
Himself - Center for Defense Information (as Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll)
Julio Cesar Guerra ...
Himself - Panamanian Photojournalist
Ramsey Clark ...
Himself
Jeff Cohen ...
Himself - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
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This documentary details the case that the 1989 invasion of Panama by the US was motivated not by the need to protect American soldiers, restore democracy or even capture Noriega. It was to force Panama to submit the will of the United States after Noriega had exhausted his usefulness. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Exposing The Cover Up!


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31 July 1992 (USA)  »

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The Panama Deception: Exposing the Cover Up!  »

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$309,596
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Charles Rangel: You would think from the video clips that we have seen, that this whole thing was just a Mardi Gras, that the people in Panama were just jumping up and down with glee.
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Written by Jorge Strunz
Performed by Jorge Strunz, Hugo Pedroza, and Miguel Cruz
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Good information, presented in a somewhat slipshod manner
26 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I tend to forget that we even invaded Panama (such is my luxury as an American), so this film was interesting not only for reminding me, but for also showing how horrifically ridiculous and overkill (literally) the whole thing was, and worse, how unjustified. The narrator describes Panama as practice for the first Gulf War, but the parallels are obviously very strong with the Gulf War that occurred after this film was made, complete with a clueless, kneejerk-patriotic media that didn't even have the lame 9/11 excuse for failing to see through government rhetoric. It is made clear that the government's control of what media sees was actually a new thing since Vietnam, but of course, they fail to complain about it directly to us when they are denied access (as they were during the initial bombardment).

The story is largely told through footage of the aftermath (disturbing, to say the least) and a certain amount of talking heads. Most of the "experts" seem fairly level-headed, although I think they would've improved their credibility by not including one particularly ridiculous claim. The composition of the film itself does leave something to be desired; the director uses the cheesiest freeze-frame and wipe effects, puts a lame "TV frame" around US media footage, and dubs rather than subtitles most of the Spanish speech. This film, then, is basically good because of what it tells us and the fact that it makes us look at what happened, giving us less room to brush it off. If, say, you already knew everything about the Panama invasion, the film would hold little value for you.


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