Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror
|Breaking the Silence:
Truth and Lies in the War on Terror
Screenshot of title card
|Directed by||John Pilger
|Produced by||Christopher Martin
|Written by||John Pilger|
|Music by||Nick Russell-Pavier|
|Edited by||Andrew Denny|
Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror is a 2003 Carlton Television documentary written and directed by John Pilger, produced by Christopher Martin and co-directed by Steve Connelly. In the film, Pilger presents a personal view of "the truth and lies in the 'war on terror'."
The documentary attempts to contrast the proclaimed aims of the War on Terror with, what Pilger sees, as the humanitarian failures in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. It asserts that the Afghan mujahideen and Afghan Arabs including Osama bin Laden, from which later both the Taliban and Al Qaeda were created, received support from the United States and by Britain's MI6. Pilger alleges that President Jimmy Carter authorised a five-hundred million dollar programme to help set up the native Afghan mujahideen, starting as early as six months prior to the Soviet invasion into Afghanistan.
Awards and festival screenings
- Gold Award, WorldMedia Festival, Hamburg
- Nominated for Best Documentary, BAFTA (British Oscar) Awards
- Honorable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival
- Vermont International Film Festival
- Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
- Freedom Cinema Festival
- Istanbul International Labor Film Festival
- "Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror". Bullfrog Films. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
- "John Pilger Filmography 1970-2008". johnpilger.com. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
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