Contradictions

Australia, 1988

Film
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This film by award-winning cinematographer David Knaus is a very powerful story about the contradictory perceptions and roles of Americans in relation to the war in Nicaragua. It begins with the Congressional Hearings of the infamous Lt. Colonel “Ollie” North. It includes interviews with Comandante Tomas Borge, Nicaragua’s Minister for the Interior and comments from an ex-CIA agent and contra army commanders. Yet the core of “Contradictions” is the story of the ordinary citizens themselves. Nicaraguans wearied by the interference; U.S. citizens who feel they must take responsibility for the “War Crimes” of their administration. This is an important film and should be seen by anyone interested in Central America and recent American history and foreign policy. It won Best Foreign Film at the 1988 Cuban Film Festival.

Credits

director
producer

Janet Bell

production company

Film Australia

Knaus Films

Duration

00:58:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1988

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

35448

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Central America

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Nicaragua

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Iran-Contra Affair, 1985-1990

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War and society

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political corruption

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → United States - Foreign relations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → United States - Politics and government

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Peace - study and teaching

History → Central America - History

History → History

History → History, Modern

History → Iran-Contra Affair, 1985-1990

Places → Central America

Places → Nicaragua

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

MPEG-1 Digital File - 2MB Rate; Copy

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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