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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.

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

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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
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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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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confidencial See more »

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Redacted Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital
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Extremeley Well Done--Takes Documentary Film-making to a new level
6 May 2008 | by randi75See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the San Francisco International Film Festival (in Berkeley) Without a lot of self-righteousness or bloviation, this film is superb. It takes a subject which may not lend itself well to film and makes it immediate and visual. The use of animation and music is masterful. The interlocutors (lighted beautifully) make you hang on to every word they say.

It has a point, but it allows other viewpoints in, and not just straw men. The filmmakers give credible, reasonable arguments for taking a position which is ostensibly alternative to theirs. It actually stays away from, for the most part, the easy, well worn targets and examines in a fresh way, the impact of secrecy. Interestingly, at no point do they ever suggest giving up security--Actually they seem to be very much in favor of it.

Interestingly, Dan Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers) was in the audience when I saw this movie. I'm surprised he would be drawn to it, having lived it firsthand but it shows the quality of the work.

A masterpiece.


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