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    Control Room

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    Released

    2004

    Runtime

    86

    Control Room

    What's it About

    On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, filmmaker Noujaim embedded herself with representatives of Al-Jazeera, the Arab-language equivalent of CNN, at the international press corps HQ in Qatar to witness the inner workings of the much-maligned network. What are their motives? Do they adhere to different standards of journalism than their Western counterparts? This engaging doc about the nature of spin offers surprising answers.

    Why we love it

    At a time of war, truth is often the first casualty. Noujaim, a Harvard-educated Egyptian-American with one film to her credit ("Startup.com") sought to know more about the Al-Jazeera operation, and she couldn't have picked a more pivotal moment to visit. Speaking with the station's producers — like cigar-munching wit Samir Khader, who at one point jokes that he'd take a job at Fox if they offered him one — and U.S. Army press liaison Lt. Josh Rushing, a true believer in the war's humanitarian purpose, tells us more about the manufacture of news information than a dozen Noam Chomsky books. It all depends on who's in the "Control Room."

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