Sunday, March 22, 2009

Independent Intervention, Documentary about the US Media coverage of the Iraq war

INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION is an award-winning documentary about the US Media coverage of the war in Iraq. Focusing on the human costs of war, it contrasts the mass media's coverage of the invasion of Iraq with independent reports of the brutal realities on the ground.

People come to understand the world around them through media, and the corporations that own the media are some of the most powerful institutions in the world today. In a democracy it is crucial that important matters of state, such as war, are discussed and debated. Today we face a new era of war coverage, where embedded journalists and the Pentagon provide the majority of our information. There are few if any antiwar voices in the mainstream media. Public debate has essentially been silenced by the administration and their media partners.

INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION follows a Norwegian filmmaker in the United States, who questions how the US media cover the war in Iraq. The film investigates important issues that govern today’s information flow, and looks at how this system reveals itself during times of war and political turmoil. As the major US networks remove human suffering from their presentation of war, Operation Iraqi Freedom is portrayed as a success for the spread of democracy and freedom. This film brings awareness to the disparity between the war the American people see through the corporate controlled media and the realities on the ground in Iraq. INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION explores how the growing media democracy movement in the US works to challenge the mass media.


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