Control Room details
|Starring:||Lt. Josh Rushing, Samir Khader|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Oct 2004|
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Controlled War TVBy MikeDecritique from UK , 20 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Making documentary films these days is all about access and there is plenty of that in Control Room, a behind the scenes look at Al-Jazeera the Qatar based TV station. No one in the West had heard of this tiny TV station which reaches an audience of some 40 million or so Arab viewers, until the Gulf war and more recently the Iraq war. The Al-Jazeera coverage of the later was in sharp contract to that pursued by the western networks embedded with coalition forces. We see little of battles, instead an observation of the reporters, producers, and presenters at work and thereby gain a unique insight into TV priorities from an Arab perspective.
Al-Jazeera has its problems; coverage of domestic issues in the Islamic world is somewhat limited but nevertheless this film, a bit wobbly in technical accomplishment and narrative drive, is a welcome addition to the sorry history of objective war reporting. The film was well received in the US but, pointedly, was not nominated for a documentary award at the 2005 Oscars.
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JuxtapositionBy jones (7 reviews) from Southampton , 30 Sep 2008The view of a truly impartial network!!! documentary.
Good view of the war from Al-Jazeera the network who cover all eastern news particularly Arab affairs. an interesting scene includes the demise of Saddam Hussein which was broadcast all over the world, involving 'his' people tearing down and stamping upon the statue of saddam in the town centre. but what we (westerners) did not see was that these people were all chosen by the army and released onto the statue.
this documentary even leaves an american soldier/representative questioning the authenticity of this war he is submerged in.
Another scene in which this soldier boasts about the technological advancement and accuracy to within, 'like' a meter of american weapons, and then we see an Al Jazeera news reporter scared like a child, hiding in a bunker bombed by an American air strike, and killed live on air.
interesting encounterBy a customer from London , 28 Feb 2008its fascinating to see the press machine in action during war - there could have been more footage of that.
the dialogue that develops between the al jazeera journalists and the american military press officer is interesting.
its a bit of a love letter to al jazeera, which is fine with me because i think al jazeera is an interesting and unusual news channel. mainly because they are one of the few channels to support independent filmmakers (the strand is called witness).
Truth/ControversialBy Mel from Scotland , 26 Apr 2007If you ever question the truth about what were told by the media then this is a must see. Its more of a documentary than a movie but, it covers the way the news is managed and played out by the powers that be. Not the typical Saturday night movie but, never the less worth a watch.
Essential for any AmericanBy Alan McConnach from Edinburgh , 08 Jul 2006There ARE two sides to every story !!
As if we didn't know it already there is more to the current divide across the world.
This film gives you the view from th 'other side'.
If you want to know the truth then watch this !
Should Have Been BetterBy Peter from Oxford , 14 Apr 2006I confess that this left me a bit cold. There are many questions that a documentary could ask of television station like al-Jazeera. In the event, Control Room just settles with training the camera on its subjects, making for interesting but not terribly revealing insights.