• Control Room (2004)

Control Room

Release Date: May 21st, 2004

DVD Release Date: October 26th, 2004

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim provides a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of Al-Jazeera -- the most prominent television news network in the Arab world -- during the war in Iraq. Through interviews with American journalists, journalists reporting for Al-Jazeera, and high-ranking U.S. military officials, Noujaim explores the nature of media bias, Al-Jazeera's relationship with the Arab community and the network's perception in the Western world.

Director: Jehane Noujaim

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Engaging , Intense , Quest , 2000s , Soldier , Fascinating

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Scenes of dark humor abound as well, like the episode in which the gathered journalists react in fury when they are not provided with pictures of the infamous deck of playing cards depicting the "50 Most Wanted" Iraqi figures. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    News management is the main issue. Control Room shows how coverage is tailored to fit the audience, both by al-Jazeera and its Western counterparts.

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's strong stuff. show more

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