Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land

2005

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (2005)

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American media coverage of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine goes under the microscope in this activist documentary. In Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: American Media and the Subversion of Peace, filmmakers Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally use newsreel footage from a variety of American broadcast sources to illustrate their contention that the corporations who control American media act in collusion with Israel to present an image that is biased against the Palestinian cause, through use of certain terminology (Palestinian violence is usually described as an "attack" against Israelis, while Israeli violence is categorized as "retaliation"), by giving a incomplete picture of events in the Middle East, and by ignoring well-documented incidents of Israeli aggression against Palestine. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: American Media and the Subversion of Peace includes interviews with Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Seth Ackerman, and Hana Ashrawi.

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Critic Reviews for Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land

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Deserves attention.

Mar 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Showing the movie would be a great way to open a debate. I would love to hear its charges answered as clearly as they're stated.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Often, the movie feels like sitting through a college lecture class.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Presents a condensed argument in favor of prosecuting Israeli leaders in the court of American public opinion.

Jan 27, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

While their methods are a bit pedantic -- the narration is monotone, the structure of the film resembles a lesson plan -- they provide a wealth of evidence that the media game is rigged against Arabs.

Jan 27, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
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The result may be better suited for classroom viewing than for theatrical exhibition, but that's a tribute to the movie's instructive value.

Jan 25, 2005 | Full Review…

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