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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.

Genres:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Noujaim Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Joshua Rushing: The night they showed the POWs and dead soldiers... it was powerful, because Americans won't show those kinds of images. It made me sick to my stomach.
[the previous night Al Jazeera had shown the same images, "equally if not more horrifying", but they hadn't affecting Rushing as much. Now he compares his reaction to the two... ]
Joshua Rushing: I just saw people on the other side, and those people in the Al Jazeera offices must have felt the way I was feeling that night, and it upset me on a profound level ...
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Tokyo Drum
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Performed by Happy Ashtray
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2 June 2005 | by youngdubzgirlSee all my reviews

I found myself watching this film by myself in the dark, got up half way into it and emailed every person in my family and extended family that they had to netflix this film.

I found that because it wasn't trying to be artsy, or controversial, or uncover any hidden secrets, this film truly worked magic in its "roll the cameras and lets see what happens" form of cinema.

I tried thinking of my favorite part of the film, but really, it was all amazing. Without making insinuations or suggestions, the film truly lets the viewer decide for himself what the real truth is, more so than in any Michael Moore film ever made on any subject. This film truly puts Michael Moore to shame.

Pay attention to every "character" in this film: they all have important roles on how the media and government, and in turn society, collide and interact.

I found it most amazing that any assumption or doubt I had about any of these characters were completely wrong in the end, and what you find is that they are all on the same side: the side of truth....the only problem is whose truth they believe.

I can't express clearly enough how important it is for everyone to see this film. If you saw Farenheit 9/11, you absolutely have to see this film. ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO SEE THIS FILM!!!!


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