Control Room

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Overview

Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com) directs Control Room, a documentary investigating the ethics of media-managed wars. This film particularly focuses on the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Noujaim and her film crew travel to the headquarters of Al-Jazeera, the media leader in the Arab world, to find out what the news looks like in Iraq. She interviews several journalists and producers involved in war reporting for Al-Jazeera, including senior producer Sameer Khader, journalist Hassan Ibrahim, and ...
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Overview

Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com) directs Control Room, a documentary investigating the ethics of media-managed wars. This film particularly focuses on the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Noujaim and her film crew travel to the headquarters of Al-Jazeera, the media leader in the Arab world, to find out what the news looks like in Iraq. She interviews several journalists and producers involved in war reporting for Al-Jazeera, including senior producer Sameer Khader, journalist Hassan Ibrahim, and producer Deema Khatib. Noujaim also interviews American correspondents David Shuster from NBC and Tom Mintier from CNN. Control Room premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum program.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A documentary that will no doubt enter the curriculum for future students of the U.S.-led Operation Iraqi Freedom, Control Room invites viewers to reevaluate the standards by which we gauge fairness and accuracy in news coverage of controversial events. Many of the film’s scenes unfold in and around CentCom, the temporary information bureau set up in Qatar for use by international journalists. Prominent in the proceedings are representatives of Al-Jazeera, the privately owned Arab news network whose coverage of the war differed substantially from that of Western media outlets. There are several fascinating exchanges between a U.S. Marine Corps press spokesman, Lt. Josh Rushing, and Al-Jazeera producer Hassan Ibrahim. Another of the network’s producers, Samir Khader, is dismissive of an American antiwar activist interviewed on Al-Jazeera -- a curious stance for someone who supposedly covered the war with an overt anti-American bias. Here in the States, we have been told that the Arab network was little more than a propaganda arm of Islamic terrorists. But is that true? And are our own news organizations any less guilty of spreading propaganda? These are questions asked by this provocative documentary -- but, it should be said, not answered definitively. Arab-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim Startup.com doesn’t take sides here but points out that both have something valuable to say. The extent to which a viewer believes that to be true is the extent to which he or she will appreciate this undeniably engrossing film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • UPC: 031398169321
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,664

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Jehane Noujaim Director, Cinematographer
Julia Bacha Editor
Thomas Derenzo Score Composer
Mona Eldaief Musical Direction/Supervision
Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt Associate Producer
Hani Salama Cinematographer, Sound/Sound Designer
Abdullah Schleifer Producer
Rosadel Varela Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Brink of War [5:15]
2. Wake Up! [3:46]
3. Central Command [5:07]
4. The United States Empire [5:18]
5. Mingling Imags [5:06]
6. P.O.W. Treatment [3:32]
7. Profound Impact [5:20]
8. Points of View [4:23]
9. Translating Frustration [3:48]
10. Colliding Worlds [5:02]
11. The Operation Continues [4:29]
12. Polarizing Spin [5:36]
13. Under Attack [5:28]
14. Return Fire [5:09]
15. Striking Images [4:41]
16. Mission Accomplished [3:42]
17. Looting History [3:27]
18. Making Connections [2:43]
19. Desert Rain [1:22]
20. End Credits [2:59]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      English 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio Commentary With Director Jehane Noujaim and Producer/Cinematographer Hani Salama
      Audio Commentary With Captain Josh Rushing, Central Command Press Officer
      Audio Commentary With Producers/Al-Jazeera Journalists Hassan Ibrahim and Samir Khader
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Arabic
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Deleted Scenes
         David Shuster, MSNBC: "Gutter"
         Deema Khatib, Al Jazeera: Deema in Control
         Deema Khatib, Al Jazeera: United States of Arabia
         Al Jazeera Promotional Spots
         Hassan Ibrahim, Al Jazeera: Hassan and His Son Mahdi
         Hassan Ibrahim, Al Jazeera: Defining Terrorism
         Hassan Ibrahim, Al Jazeera: Spinning Brigadier Al Hashemi
         Hassan Ibrahim, Al Jazeera: The Palastine Hotel, Abu Dhabi TV, and Al Jazeera TV Are Hit
         Hassan Ibrahim, Al Jazeera: Looting
         Day 20 of War: The Day 3 Journalists Were Killed - Press Conference at Al Jazeera
         Day 20 of War: The Day 3 Journalists Were Killed - Centcom's Response
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: The Story of Josh
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: On Truth
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: Talks With Journalists
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: Precision Bombing
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: On Al Jazeera
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: Liberation Occupation
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: Audience Shapes the Medium
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: Arab Nationalism Anti Americanism
         Lt. Josh Rushing, Central Command: Conversations With Hassan
         Moafak Tawfik, Al Jazeera: Western Product From Iraq
         Moafak Tawfik, Al Jazeera: Fight Against Terrorism
         Moafak Tawfik, Al Jazeera: Looting
         Samir Khader, Al Jazeera: Story of Samir
         Samir Khader, Al Jazeera: American Dream
         Samir Khader, Al Jazeera: Understanding Terrorism
         Samir Khader, Al Jazeera: What Is Next?
         Tom Minter, CNN: Ins and Outs of Centcom
         Samir Khader: 1 Year Later in Baghdad - Samir on Najaf
         Samir Khader: 1 Year Later in Baghdad - Samir on Fallujah
         Samir's First Trip to the USA
      Trailers
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  • Anonymous

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    Provocative and Controversial

    I would say that this is by far the most relevant thing I have ever seen about the war in Iraq because it is from the true Arab perspective. Hassan Ibrahim is the most fascinating and thought-provoking of the al-Jazeera producers because he said "I firmly believe in the American people and the American Constitution. The American people will bring down the American empire." He clearly doesn't feel much affection for the establishment of America but likes the American people and individual commanders. It's a quite unconventional film because there is one spot where an al-Jazeera producer shows disdain for an antiwar activist.

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