Control Room

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  84 min.
Release Date: July 16, 2004
DVD: November 2, 2004

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Cast: Hassan Ibrahim, Samir Khader, Deema Khatib, Tom Mintier, Lt. Josh Rushing, David Shuster


Control Room 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, the film provides a balanced view of Al Jazeera's presentation of the second Iraq war to their worldwide Arab audience, and in doing so 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 it's Western counterparts.

Director: Jehane Noujaim
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Rosadel Varela, Hani Salama
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