Control Room (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Journalism, Media Studies, Military & War, Politics & Government  |   Release Date - May 21, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - Egypt, USA  |  
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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.

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Arab, ethics, Iraq, journalism, Middle-East, news, newsperson, war, war-correspondent