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Control Room (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 June 2004 (USA)
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A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage.

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Jehane Noujaim
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Cast

Credited cast:
Samir Khader ... Himself
Josh Rushing ... Himself (as Lt. Josh Rushing)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Hassan Ibrahim ... Himself
Deema Khatib Deema Khatib ... Herself
Tom Mintier Tom Mintier ... Himself
Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
David Shuster ... Himself
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Storyline

A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Roundly criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian causalities as well as footage of American POWs, the station has revealed (and continues to show the world) everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration did not want it to see. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Different channels. Different truths.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Central Al Jazeera See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,125, 23 May 2004

Gross USA:

$2,589,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,724,826
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Noujaim Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Hassan Ibrahim: Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a Sunday. Found some people living there and killed them all by Monday.
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Soundtracks

A Wish
Composed by Hemza Al-Din (as Hamza El Din)
Performed by Hemza Al-Din (as Hamza El Din)
Courtesy of Nubiana Publishing
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Made me want to be a journalist/documentary filmmaker
4 April 2005 | by PauldeRevSee all my reviews

I don't, on average, give anything a 10 out of 10. Control Room, however, I simply cannot praise enough. If there were ever a quintessential journalistic document to point to 100 years down the road and say: "THAT was what it was like in the world, sonny boy," this documentary would be it. It will make you feel differently about journalistic objectivity, terrorism, mortality, and (most importantly) the world outside the United States. I wish every U.S. citizen (the ones who vote anyway) could see this documentary. If it grossed half as much money as Farenheight 9/11 -- the world would be a better, more critically minded place.

We could all be journalists, and we could all keep our world in check. You can, too. SEE THIS MOVIE. ACT ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE.


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