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A riveting Academy Award-winning documentary, made all the more timely by recent U.S. invasions and the current “war on terror,” THE PANAMA DECEPTION documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, the events which led to it, the excessive force used, the enormity of the death and destruction and the devastating aftermath.
Acclaimed filmmakers Barbara Trent and David Kasper uncover the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, and reveal General Manuel Noriega’s longstanding relationship with the C.I.A., the D.E.A., and George Bush, Sr. Utilizing devastating footage, expert commentary, and eyewitness testimony, the film shines a spotlight on this pivotal moment in U.S. history. Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering analysis of media control and self-censorship used to deceive the American public — a film hauntingly relevant today.
An example of documentary journalism at its best, THE PANAMA DECEPTION is a “tough, provocative, highly opinionated answer to the official United States Government line about the 1989 invasion of Panama.” (The New York Times)
Follow-up interviews with filmmakers Barbara Trent & David Kasper; Panama to Iraq: The Trajectory of U.S. Militarism; The Future of Panama & Latin America; The Politics of Demonization and Fear, with Phyllis Bennis; Panama After the Invasion, with Humberto Brown; Trailers from GoodFilms.org; Resource Guide; Filmmaker Biographies
1993 Academy Award®: Best Documentary FeatureMore Info
1993 Academy Award®: Best Documentary Feature
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Posted in Docurama, Festival Standouts, History/Politics, Social Issues | Tagged 1989 invasion of panama, academy award, barbara trent, c.i.a., censorship, d.e.a., david kasper, death, destruction, documentary, documentary journalism, exposé, genre: documentary, george bush, hispanic experience, History, manuel noriega, media control, politics, united states government, war, war on terror