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Propaganda and the Promised Land: US Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Peace

Sut Jhally & Bathsheba Ratzkoff / United States / 2003 / 80 ' / Arabic - Hebrew / S.T. English - French - Spanish - Arabic - Hebrew


Kenyon King & Bathsheba Ratzkoff
Bathsheba Ratzkoff & Sut Jhally
Kelly Garner
Bathsheba Ratzkoff & Sut Jhally
Narrator: Loretta Alper
Audio Engineer: Thom Monahan
Audio Engineer: Mark Alan Miller
Audio Mixing: Mark Alan Miller
Audio Mixing: Slaughterhouse Studios
Graphic Design: Michelle Rojas
Motion Graphics: Michelle Rojas
Motion Graphics: Alisa Placas
Motion Graphics: Jeremy Smith
Motion Graphics: Peter Harkawik

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Awards & Festivals

2008 One World Berlin Film Festival Official Selection
2008 PSBT International Film Festival and Forum Official Selection
2008 Adelaide Festival of Arts Official Selection
2004 Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival Official Selection
2004 Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival Official Selection
2004 Tempo Documentary Film Festival

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Israel is fighting two wars; one in the Occupied Territories and one in the North American media.


Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.

The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics. Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, Sam Husseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Karen Pfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.


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