Still From Peace, Propaganda and The Promised Land
Still From Peace, Propaganda and The Promised Land
 

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

by Sut Jhally & Bathsheba Ratzkoff
Israel is fighting two wars; one in the Occupied Territories and one in the North American media.
2003  ·  1h20m  ·  United States
Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Spanish
Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Spanish subs
About the Film
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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Festivals and Awards
2008
PSBT International Film Festival and Forum, Official Selection
2008
One World Berlin Film Festival, Official Selection
2008
Adelaide Festival of Arts, Official Selection
2004
Tempo Documentary Film Festival
2004
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection
2004
Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival, Official Selection
Editor
Bathsheba Ratzkoff
Editor
Kenyon King
Cinematographer
Kelly Garner
Producer
Sut Jhally
Producer
Bathsheba Ratzkoff 
Audio Engineer
Mark Alan Miller
Audio Engineer
Thom Monahan
Audio Mixing
Slaughterhouse Studios
Audio Mixing
Mark Alan Miller
Motion Graphics
Jeremy Smith
Motion Graphics
Peter Harkawik
Motion Graphics
Alisa Placas
Motion Graphics
Michelle Rojas
Graphic Design
Michelle Rojas
Narrator
Loretta Alper
Writer
Sut Jhally
Writer
Bathsheba Ratzkoff
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