Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Friday Film: Control Room - April 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com) directs Control Room, a documentary investigating the ethics of media-managed wars. This film particularly focuses on the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Noujaim and her film crew travel to the headquarters of Al-Jazeera, the media leader in the Arab world, to find out what the news looks like in Iraq. She interviews several journalists and producers involved in war reporting for Al-Jazeera, including senior producer Sameer Khader, journalist Hassan Ibrahim, and producer Deema Khatib. Noujaim also interviews American correspondents David Shuster from NBC and Tom Mintier from CNN. Control Room premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum program.

Boston Society of Film Critics
2004 Best Documentary

Broadcast Film Critics Association
2004 Best Documentary

Directors Guild of America
2004 Best Documentary Jehane Noujaim

Independent Spirit Award
2004 Truer Than Fiction Award Jehane Noujaim

Writers Guild of America
2004 Best Documentary

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