The War You Don’t See

96 minutes 8.9/10 based on 45 votes

John Pilger’s “The War You Don’t See,” originally released in 2011, is a timely investigation into the media’s role in war, which begs the question: “how much of what we see on television is the truth?” During World War One, for instance, 16 million died and 21 million were wounded. But the gruesome images of disfigured spirit-less bodies that had been disrespectfully thrown about by the angry force of explosives, were conveniently kept from the public. Instead people flocked to the theaters to watch war reports in which thousands of young soldiers waved happily as they marched by, and others played with stray dogs. And so people believed that war was not so bad. They believed that the “friendly” images they had seen were accurate. The reality was entirely different, though. In fact, the British Prime Minister at the time, David Lloyd George stated during a private interview that “if people really knew the truth, the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don’t and can’t know.”

This documentary traces the history of news reporting from the massacre known as World War One to the annihilation of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the present war in Afghanistan and the disaster in Iraq. As weapons and  war propaganda become even more refined, journalists take on a crucial role and civilians are victimized. But who is the real enemy?

In the words of John Pilger: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions, not at a faraway country, but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.”

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  • elisa mendonça

    Thankyou to try what many could’nt,our consciousness it is waking and your way of work out that , show how vicious can be the feeling of superiority…OR EVEN THAT BY WAR WE CAN…To make PEACE and INCLUSIVINESS are as dificult as our evolution, but no other way will lead us to the new world consciently! And them we will be able to stand and say: WAR NO MORE!

  • Chris

    Fantastic documentary. A real eye opener. Let’s hope the media and the world in general learns from this ….. but I doubt it. Such is the world in which we now live.

  • Dude

    Dan Rather and all those journalist should be fired!! I mean aren’t they supposed to check facts and information before they print or write?!! That’s journalism 101!!! They promoted the war 100%! I knew the Government was lying to us and I’m no reporter!! Phonies every last one!!

  • piqo

    I moved recently to a city in the south (us), a city with several military bases and I am amazed at the willful ignorance of people here, and the most surprising is the contempt and hate of Muslims that I have encountered. Dehumanizing these people also makes it easy to support a military that brutalizes them. I thank the terrorists in the news media plus (as it was so well put at the beginning of this doc) the “cartoon characters” like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly and other hatemongers for making it that much easier for the my fellow citizens to disregard the human suffering of people who wear different clothes than us.

    • James Johnson

      I too lived in the south. Its a very different mindset. I tell people about my experience in the southern USA, (deep in the south like Georgia) and they cannot believe the blind faith and pro war and pro gun and pro republican views are just plain crazy. My wife and I felt extremely uncomfortable while attending church there. And they had entire communities of Hispanic people attending and all the while bashing them as illegals and immigrants, and they just stopped translating when the pastor went on his rants. Sick.

    • Kekacaus

      Thank for being a ,,Human Being,….God bless you….

  • Tim W.

    really dislike ‘Vimeo’. I think I’ll watch it on ‘Youtube’. ‘Vimeo’ loads slow as usual.

  • Kekacaus

    Just at the beginning of the ducumentary,when I see how they shoting consciously people make me literally sick..I pray that all who did that will go to hell. Monsters!

  • Kekacaus

    Again and again John Pilger did an amazing job!

  • Dave Grigsby

    perhaps there should be laws against lieing. but then that is protected by the first amendment. fox news will be in business as long as people continue to watch their trash.

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