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The Occupation of the American Mind

Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp / United States / 2015 / 85 ' / English


Jason Young & Jeremy Earp
Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp
Tom Pappalardo, Standard Design
Jason Young
Rikk Desgres
Pinehurst Pictures & Sound
Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble
Simon Wilkinson
Peter McIsaac Music
Jasiri X
Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp & Jason Young

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This film is a Palestine/Israel 101 for the 21st Century: a meticulously argued doc that exposes Israel’s grip on both the American mind and wallet.


Over the past few years, Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world—except the United States. THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.

Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor. From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing policies. 


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