In an extraordinary alliance of TV and cinema, John Pilger’s new film, ‘The War You Don’t See’, opened in the UK mid-December. Having premiered at The Barbican on Tuesday 7 December 2010, the first Pilger film since 2007 started its UK run at Curzon Soho in London on Sunday 12 December.
On Tuesday 14 December, ITV1 broadcast ‘The War You Don’t See’ at 10.35pm and on Sunday 10 April 2011, the Australian broadcaster SBS aired the film nationally. The DVD is now available to buy in the UK and in Australia.
On 7 June 2011, the Lannan Foundation in the United States banned the film and cancelled a US visit by John Pilger without explanation but the film is available to watch online (worldwide excluding Australia) for $4.99
‘The War You Don’t See’ was nominated for the ‘Documentary Award’ at the 2011 One World Media Awards.
The film is a powerful and timely investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an ‘electronic battlefield’ in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?
John Pilger says in the film: “We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country… That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home… In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us… Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.”
Note: You can watch the movie, in its entirety, at this link. Well worth it!