Control Room

Control Room DVD coverThe 2004 film Control Room from Magnolia Pictures is a documentary about the Arabic television network Al Jazeera and other news organizations which covered the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Al Jazeera’s reports were a source of controversy as American military and political leaders accused the network of showing propaganda from anti-Americans forces.  This documentary explores the not always dissimilar views of journalists working for Al Jazeera and U.S. networks such as CNN and NBC.  Through candid interviews with journalists and military personnel, Control Room offers a wholly unique view of how journalists from across the world operate on many of the same principles and try to report the news as accurately as possible, even in spite of governmental and societal pressures.  To whom would you recommend this film?  What about it surprised you?