Secrecy

Overview

It is widely known and accepted that the United States government systematically classifies as "secret" a massive number of documents each year. This very occurrence raises penetrating key questions about the viability or danger of the government's withholding of such information from the general public. With their documentary Secrecy, Peter Galison and Robb Moss weigh the pros and the cons of this phenomenon; they illustrate the ways in which non-disclosure can often serve as an asset as in the case of a 1983 ...
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Overview

It is widely known and accepted that the United States government systematically classifies as "secret" a massive number of documents each year. This very occurrence raises penetrating key questions about the viability or danger of the government's withholding of such information from the general public. With their documentary Secrecy, Peter Galison and Robb Moss weigh the pros and the cons of this phenomenon; they illustrate the ways in which non-disclosure can often serve as an asset as in the case of a 1983 mass murder that could have been prevented via greater secrecy, including counterterrorist maneuvers. At the same time, Moss and Galison reflect at length on the dangers of this process -- the ways in which the obfuscation of public knowledge can slow or prevent transnational agreements, create paranoia, and lead to incredible violations of personal privacy. As such, the film meditates on that difficult gray area that lies sandwiched in between democracy and national safety, and asks where the rights of the general populace begin and end.
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Special Features

Interview outtakes; Extended sequences; Extracted stories; Audio commentary with filmmakers Peter Gallison and Robb Moss; Filmmaker biographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • UPC: 767685158869
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 80,185

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Peter Galison Director, Producer
Robb Moss Director, Producer
Coll Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Austin de Besche Cinematographer
Chyld King Co-producer, Editor
John Kusiak Score Composer
Ruth Lingford Animator
Stephen McCarthy Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secrecy
1. Title/El Masri Part 1 [4:28]
2. Levin Lebanon/Gelman Iraq [7:35]
3. Reynolds Part 1 [3:02]
4. Blanton's Histry [4:39]
5. 9/11 [7:56]
6. Seduction [1:52]
7. Hamdan Part 1 [3:54]
8. El Masri Part 2/Reynolds Part 2 [4:23]
9. The Cold War to the Modern Era [5:22]
10. Hamdan Part 2 [5:18]
11. Information Is Power [3:13]
12. Moscow, 1992 [2:13]
13. Reynolds Part3/El Masri Part 3 [5:30]
14. Lost in the Dark/Deep Well of Evil [7:48]
15. Today's Threat [3:28]
16. Hamdan Part 3 [3:12]
17. There Are No Secrets [3:47]
18. End Credits [2:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Secrecy
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Audio Commentary With Filmmakers Peter Galison & Robb Moss: On/Off
      Interview Outtakes
         Play All
         Tom Blanton
         James R. Bruce
         Steve Garfinkel
         Bartin Gellman
         Siegfried Hecker
         Neal Kaytal
         Mike Levin
         Melissa Boyle
         Charles Swift
      Extended Sequences
         Steve Garfinkel & Steven Aftergood: Alternative Editing Scheme
         Pat & Bob Reynolds: Pat Meets Bob
      Extracted Stories
         The Hamdan Story
         The Reynolds & El-Mastri Stories
      Filmmaker Bios
      About Docurama
      Docurama Trailers
         Bob Dylan Don't Look Back
         Ait Guitar Nation
         A Crude Awakening
         The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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