John Pilger’s new documentary “The War You Don’t See” questions the role of the media in war and asks whether mainstream news has become an integral part of war-making. The film investigates the government’s lies over Iraq’s non existent weapons of mass destruction as a pre-cursor of manufacturing consent to launch an illegal invasion.
The new film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an ‘electronic battlefield’ in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims.
But who is the real enemy?
Following its premiere at the Barbican on Tuesday 7 December 2010, the first Pilger film since 2007 will be showing at Curzon Soho in London on Sunday 12 December at 12pm, Monday 13 December at 6.20pm (including a satellite Q&A) and Thursday 16 December at 9pm.
On Tuesday 14 December, ITV will broadcast ‘The War You Don’t See’ at 10.35pm.
Rather baffled why it’s not being shown prime time….regardless, it’s a must watch.