Control Room

Control Room


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Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim ( 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
UPC: 0031398169321
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:26:00

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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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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Control Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.