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The War You Don't See (2010)

Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it.


Alan Lowery, John Pilger


John Pilger




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Pilger ... Self - Host
Stuart Ewen Stuart Ewen ... Self - media historian (as Professor Stuart Ewen)
Melvin Goodman ... Self - Former CIA analyst
Dan Rather ... Self - CBS news anchor 1981-2005
Saddam Hussein ... Self - President of Iraq 1979-2003 (archive footage)
Byron Pitts Byron Pitts ... Self - CBS reporter (archive footage)
Arwa Damon Arwa Damon ... Self - CNN reporter (archive footage)
Paul Wood Paul Wood ... Self - BBC reporter (archive footage)
Kerry Sanders Kerry Sanders ... Self - NBC News reporter (archive footage)
Mark Mardell Mark Mardell ... Self - BBC chief political correspondent (archive footage)
Bryan Whitman Bryan Whitman ... Self - US Assist. Secretary of Defense
Rageh Omaar ... Self - BBC world affairs reporter 2000-2006
Greg Philo Greg Philo ... Self - Glasgow University Media Group (as Professor Greg Philo)
Andrew Marr Andrew Marr ... Self - BBC political editor 9th April 2003 (archive footage)
Dahr Jamail Dahr Jamail ... Self - journalist & author 'Beyond the Green Zone'


Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it. WWI, Vietnam War, post-2001 Afghanistan, post-2003 Iraq, Palestine: a historical account of PR, embedded journalism, lies and cover-ups, but also of courageous journalists who disclose the truth. Written by Teyss

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23 April 2011 | by Victor_FallonSee all my reviews

This is, I agree, compulsory viewing. This is the first documentary about the corruption of war by propaganda which serves to progress the argument beyond the usual hysteria. Pilger has, with this film, moved away from the slew of similar-themed documentaries which add little to the debate but more circular arguments. Instead, Pilger goes straight for admissions of guilt. He manages to get some truly frank disclosures of global conspiracy and madness from the most relevant people he could realistically get access to, and for this he deserves the praise.

It can be argued, and it will be no doubt, that there is very little material to act as a counterweight to his position in the film. But after you finish watching it, you will hopefully realise what a stupid criticism it is to make in the first place, considering what this documentary is designed to rally against.

I won't get into the moral position it presents, as that's up to you in the end, but I'd be hard pushed to find anybody not moved, repulsed or outraged by this film, or all of those things simultaneously. Just watch it. Do it now.

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14 December 2010 (UK) See more »

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La guerra que usted no ve See more »

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Dartmouth Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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