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Secrecy (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 September 2008 (USA)
Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.


Peter Galison, Robb Moss
2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Steven Aftergood Steven Aftergood ... Himself - Government Secrecy Project, Federation of American Scientists
Thomas Blanton Thomas Blanton ... Himself
James Bruce James Bruce ... Himself - Senior Executive Officer, CIA, 1981-2005
Steven Garfinkel Steven Garfinkel ... Himself - Director, 1978-2001, U.S. Information Security Oversight Office
Barton Gellman Barton Gellman ... Himself - Reporter, Special Projects, The Washington Post
Sig Hecker Sig Hecker ... Himself - Director, 1986-1997, Los Alamos National Lab
Neal Katyal Neal Katyal ... Himself
Mike Levin Mike Levin ... Himself - Chief, Information Policy, National Security Agency, 1947-1993
Judy Palya Loether Judy Palya Loether ... Herself - Father, Al Palya died in 'Reynolds' crash
Melissa Boyle Mahle Melissa Boyle Mahle ... Herself
Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)
Patricia Reynolds Patricia Reynolds ... Herself - Widow of Robert Reynolds
Charles Swift Charles Swift ... Himself - Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy JAG Attorney for Plaintiff, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
Ben Wizner ... Himself - Attorney for Plaintiff, El-Masri v. United States


Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.

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Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Confidencial See more »

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Redacted Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital
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Amazing journey into one of the most relevant issues of our time
5 July 2010 | by dolphinnaSee all my reviews

This truly excellent film goes far beyond the basic expectation of a documentary to simply "inform." Visually exciting and thoroughly researched, it inspires reflection on how government secrets and democracy work together and -- perhaps more importantly -- how they do not.

These reflections do not arise without effort, however. We have to earn them by remaining active thinkers throughout the movie. This is, in fact, the film's greatest contribution. So many filmmakers expect their audiences to receive information passively. It is refreshing to be presented with a film that assumes, from the start, that their viewers possess the ability to think critically.

Highly recommended for a wide range of audiences, from students of various ages to government officials and interested citizens.

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