Control Room

86 minutes 9.6/10 based on 26 votes

Control Room, by Jehane Noujaim, an award-winning Arab-American filmmaker who has lived within and embraced both worlds, provides an opportunity to re-examine what is perhaps the most pressing question of international relations today: “is America radicalizing or stabilizing the Arab world?”

Without miring itself in shadowy conspiracy theories, Control Room provides a balanced view of Al-Jazeera’s presentation of the second Iraq war to their worldwide Arab audience. The documentary calls into question many of the prevailing images and positions offered up by the U.S. news media.

Control Room’s view inside Al-Jazeera-a network branded “Osama Bin-Laden’s mouthpiece” and subject of intense criticism from U.S. administration officials for showing images of Iraqi casualties and American POWs that American viewers never saw-suggests that its views on news reportage might actually be more in tune with democratic ideals than those of its Western counterparts.

Control Room neatly bridges the gap between timeless and timely; timeless because it locates itself in the midst of the ongoing cultural clash between Western and Arab worlds, timely because it does so through the prism of satellite television’s impact on how viewers receive information worldwide – from news providers, driven by the patriotism of their audiences, to Army information officers, driven by military objectives.

Control Room is a seminal documentary that explores how Truth is gathered, presented, and ultimately created by those who deliver it.

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  • Cam

    Uh oh, I think this one’s down guys… =/

    • It’s up again, thanks!

  • Cam

    this one ends rather abruptly too =/

    • All I can do for now I’m afraid, however, this documentary is also on youtube from 2 different users or more. They are currently unembeddable which is why they aren’t on this site.

  • PopeVativan JewSandNiggers

    I’m a proud american and the only thing i hate more than injustice is, biased Muslim media, the god damn jews, and the Hypocrisy that comes from ALL sides.

  • tia

    The members of the former PNAC, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Lewis ” Scooter’ Libby, Eliot Abrams, John Bolton, George W. Bush and lies told by Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. The former members of the PNAC got their catastrophic event like a new Pearl Harbor so they were able to carry out their plans listed in the White Paper. The winners were Halliburton, KBR, United Defense, the Carlye Group and independent contractors such as Blackwater and American oil companies. The losers, the 5,000 US troops who were killed along with the thousands wounded, those exposed to depleted uranium dust, those suffering from PTSD, the Iraqi people who lost 1.5 million men, women and children, the 500,000, babies born deformed, the 500,000 children who died from starvation and disease because of US sanctions imposed on Iraq before the start of the first Iraq War, the US taxpayers who will be paying the $3 trillion it cost to fight these two wars for generations to come.

    • awful_truth

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.
      Note: Here we are 12 years later, and what are the results.
      1) The mission is not accomplished, and combat operations are not finished.
      2) The people are not free, and definitely not liberated.
      3) Now they have ISIS to deal with. (sounds fubar, and snafu to me)
      But hey; All the PNAC’s are far richer, and the U.S has control over a lot more oil.
      P.S: Fighting for what is right would appear to be far less important than being on the winning side. (in this life anyways) If there is anything beyond this life, I would hate to be these people who sold their souls for greed! If I found out these people prosper when all is said and done, I would fear my wrath in the afterlife if I was them!

  • awful_truth

    A great documentary to watch, especially now with the results of hindsight. Just listening to the nonsense of Bush, Rumsfeld, etc regarding ‘mission accomplished’, ‘combat operations complete’, ‘liberating Iraqi’s’, etc, with what we see today from the rise of ISIS should be enough information to wake up the brainwashed masses from the propaganda, and disinformation they were fed initially. Since many people already knew this before it happened, if the simpletons cannot see it now, then I declare, that they are absolutely a lost cause, and deserve the fate of karma for supporting true ‘terrorism’.
    Note: This is not a judgement, just an opinion based on observation. By the way, check out the short report below on birth defects due to White phosphorus, and depleted uranium below. A real eye opener, considering they are against international law, and the Geneva conventions.
    (war crimes)
    Take care, and best wishes everyone!

    • Nathan Manning

      I loved the documentary, as well. And yes, the hindsight almost shocks the conscious. It’s one thing to be skeptical of the government and against a war while events are transpiring; but the experience of having all the information we have now while watching this is another. However, I have to disagree with you on placing the responsibility of becoming “enlightened” on those Americans who have yet to open their eyes. This is a systemic problem that begins at birth. I come from a conservative family that is deeply entrenched and quietly racist, and I can tell you that had I not studied rhetoric and philosophy in undergrad, it would have been very difficult for me to “fall into” enlightenment (or for me to have a desire to seek it for myself). The psychological barriers to truth built by parents, government, and others in the minds of our youth are terribly difficult to tear down. And if one doesn’t experience something or learn some things that work to destroy those barriers, the odds of the individual truly and rigorously questioning his or her own beliefs is very small. In short, it’s more a failure of society than a failure of the individual, as most of us are told to conform to our community in the most critical years of brain development. It’s so systemic, only changes in education, parenting, reporting, and other important sectors will bring about the type of thinking you and I would like to see. I think the responsibility rests with people like us. Best wishes to you, too!

      • awful_truth

        I appreciate your reply, and respect what you said. I agree with you that it is very difficult to ‘seek out’ enlightenment, not only due to our particular environment, upbringing, etc, but also due time constraints for those who are actually busy living life. With that said, there is only so much the ‘individual’ can do for the masses. (passing on relevant info, and starting thought provoking discussions) Beyond this, it is the individual themselves who must be responsible for their actions. (The golden rule – don’t do anything to anyone you wouldn’t like done to yourself) The ability (courage) to stand up for what is right is paramount, and this supersedes all other nuances of life. (brainwashing, peer pressure, cultural, traditional values, etc)
        I guess what I am saying is all things being equal, my expectations of others are unrealistic, regardless of whether I think the average human is up to the task, or not.
        One thing for certain; to become who I am, was a choice, and although a good upbringing, and societal environment helped, I know the effort that was required to stand on righteous ground. (many enlightened people came from terrible circumstances) In any case, thank you for your response, and keep fighting the good fight! Cheers.

  • kekacaus

    OMG to ” bring them a freedom”! plz This a private war. Dick Chaney, Bushes, Rumsfeld and many more should be charge with high crimes.

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