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Control Room (2004)

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A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.

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Jehane Noujaim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Samir Khader ... Himself
Josh Rushing ... Himself (as Lt. Josh Rushing)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Hassan Ibrahim ... Himself
Deema Khatib Deema Khatib ... Herself
Tom Mintier Tom Mintier ... Himself
Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
David Shuster ... Himself
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Storyline

A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Roundly criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian causalities as well as footage of American POWs, the station has revealed (and continues to show the world) everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration did not want it to see. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Different channels. Different truths.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Central Al Jazeera See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,125, 23 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,586,511, 31 October 2004
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Noujaim Films See more »
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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Samir Khader: Between us, if I'm offered a job at Fox News, I'll take it. Instantly. I will send my children to go to America after highschool, I will pay for them to go, to exchange the Arab nightmare for the American dream.
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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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Control Room Intro Theme
Written by Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne on a theme by Béla Bartók (as Bartok)
Performed by Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne
Courtesy of Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne
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Moving
25 July 2004 | by leighs73See all my reviews

Two things moved me very much about this film:

The first was Lt Rushing, one of the US military media liaison officers at Centcom. His open-mindedness, fairness and plain decency are very rare to find in any spin doctor, let alone one working for an army during a war. He is a credit to himself, his family and his country, and I sincerely hope he hasn't suffered any professional repercussions for his honesty in this piece.

The second was the man who was the head of Al Jazeera. It was funny when he said he would accept a job at Fox News the second it was offered. But it turned out to be heartbreaking when he said as soon as his children are old enough, he'll send them to the US for education, in order to escape the "Arab nightmare" and live the "American dream". It's so sad that that part of the world is such a mess that even people who love it and have grown up there and are rooting for it recognise that there is little hope there for their children. If only that sentiment could be channelled into finding a solution for the problems in the Middle East.


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