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Arab-American filmmaker, Jehane Noujaim, (Startup.com) seeks to critically assess the prevailing images and positions offered up by the U.S. news media in its war on terror. By way of deepening its analysis, it also offers a view of Al-Jazeera's representation of 'Iraqi Freedom' to its worldwide Arab audience.
Broadcast by satellite around the world and watched by over 40 million Arabic viewers, Al-Jazeera has itself been the focus of censorship in some repressive Arab states which find its perspective 'too' democratic. Noujaim is interested in the ways viewers receive information across the cultural and political spectrum; from news providers, skewing local news to feed the patriotism of its constituents, to military information officers, driven by ideological objectives.
'A gripping and important work that adds to our knowledge and understanding of the processes that go into the dissemination of information in a world that tunes in to war as it happens, on a daily basis.' Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile