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Running Time:
84 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This riveting documentary gives an insightful behind-the-scenes look at the Al Jazeera news operation and a complex, surprising portrait of the personalities behind the scenes at the Middle Eastern news network.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary with director Jehane Noujaim and producer/cinematographer Hani Salama; Audio commentary with Captain Josh Rushing, Central Command Press Officer; Audio commentary with Al Jazeera senior producers Hassan Ibrahim and Samir Khader; Extensive deleted scenes!; Subtitles - English, Arabic, French, Spanish; Theatrical trailer

Control Room
The award-winning Arab-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com), re-examines what is perhaps the most pressing question of international relations today: "is America radicalizing or stabilizing the Arab world?" Without delving into conspiracy theories, this absorbing documentary provides a balanced view of Al-Jazeera's presentation of the war in Iraq to their Arab audience throughout the world. Often called "Osama Bin-Laden's mouthpiece" and subject of intense criticism from U.S. administration officials for showing disturbing images of Iraqi casualties and American POWs that American viewers have never seen, suggests that its views on news reporting could actually be more in tune with democratic ideals of journalism than those of its Western counterparts. The film focuses on the ongoing cultural clash between Western and Arab worlds. It's particularly timely because it does so through a view of satellite television's impact on how viewers receive information worldwide, from news providers, driven by the patriotism of their audiences, to Army information officers, driven totally by military objectives. It explores how stories are gathered, created and finally presented by Al-Jazeera, and geared to the Arab nationalism of their worldwide audiences.

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