The Power of Nightmares – The Rise of the Politics of Fear

Broadcast 11/03/04 BBC 2
Written and produced by Adam Curtis

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

Here is what one reviewer says about”The Power of Nightmares“:

Not Available in the US
This film is still copyrighted and Curtis Adams gave permission to freely distribute the film in the US. No network would show this series in the US and no distributor would touch it in the US.
This was a highly acclaimed series initially produced by BBC. As could be expected, the series received criticism, but it was well documented and facts are … well, facts. They have stood the test of time.
That’s disturbing US media doesn’t have more investment in reporting truth. The Power of Nightmares has been shown the world over. At least 5 times in Canada. More than that in UK and Western Europe. And many times in Australia, NZ, throughout South America
It would be difficult to find someone that hasn’t seen this film anywhere but in the US and yet, the bulk of the film deals with US history.
Curtis does an admirable job refraining from making opinions and sticks to facts that he had backed up on his website. He does have a bias and he gives in to making comments in the final episode for the last 15 minutes. I can see where not everyone would agree.
What this film does is present a historical timeline from the beginning of the neo conservative movement and the taliban. They share some of the same sources in the beginning (50’s). That’s why I say it’s fact based. It’s verifiable history.
There are many debates, that when put into context, are simplified. At least that’s what this film did for me. It cut through so much rhetoric and clutter that’s through out such that it was hard to know who was telling the truth. Not anymore. I did look to blow holes in some of what’s reported and it doesn’t work. Facts are facts.
This film simplifies life. It’s a must-see for everyone in the US. It should be a crime this series wasn’t distributed here, not even on DVD..


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